A metro rail for Mysore proposed
The Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) has proposed a metro rail for Mysore to ease the increasing traffic pressure.
The officials of Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS), who are implementing the metro rail system in Bangalore, are being requested by MUDA to carry out a survey and submit a report on a similar facility in Mysore within a span of three to four months’ time.
Announcing the MUDA’s initiative, Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey said the cost of the survey as well as preparation of the report and the blueprint will be met by the Authority. As there was no compulsion for creating a metro underground rail,.MRTS officials have been requested to conduct the survey for the ground-level rail only.
MUDA and the Railway Department personnel will be extending their support
to the officials of Mass Rapid
Transport System in the survey, which will be taken up
soon after the clearances are obtained from the State
would be better to have a survey now alone as the project may be financially
feasible during the next
few years. In future there could be too many
bottlenecks given the imminent escalation of the
project cost and suggestions for a metro system for
Mysore may not meet with approval. Hence the city
authorities thought it fit to be ready with a survey
plan as Mysore is bound to grow, given the increase in
its budget, the MUDA had also decided to create a heritage park in
the 35 acres of land facing Hotel
Lalitha Mahal Palace, for which Rs. 50 lakh has been
set apart. The park will have models of the city's
heritage structures as well as medicinal plants. The
The budget also makes provision of Rs 21 crore for special programmes which include the construction of a swimming pool at a cost of Rs 50 lakh, a stadium in Vijaynagar at a cost of Rs 1 crore, road safety works at a cost of Rs 75 lakh, development works at a cost of Rs 2 crore and for survey of government land near the Chamundi Hills at a cost Rs 1 crore.
The Commissioner announced the MUDA’s commitment of Rs. six crore for the Kabini Drinking Water Project scheme, one-third of the cost of a new drinking water scheme for Mysore. The scheme was mooted some years ago and the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) recently passed a resolution seeking its implementation. This is expected to meet the drinking water requirement in the new areas of the city. The plan includes construction of a plant on the lines of the Melapura, on the banks of the Kabini, which flows near Nanjangud. It is estimated to cost Rs. 18 to Rs. 20 crore.
Likewise, Rs. four crore has been allocated for completing the second stage of the Melapura Water Works, which will augment the availability of water and mitigate the drinking water scarcity that hits Mysore during summer. On completion of the two projects, Mysore's future drinking water requirements will be taken care of.
MUDA will carry out a revision of the comprehensive development plan
for Mysore, which will
project and visualise the city's growth and
development in the next 10 to 15 years. The last plan
was drawn in 1997 and will come to a close in 2007 and
the authorities will now take stock of the actual
implementation of the previous plan. The shortcomings
if any and the violations of the plan will be debated
and steps taken to set right the anomaly.