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CM Krishna Promises Mysore's Development

During his two-day visit to Mysore, Chief Minister Mr.S.M.Krishna has promised schemes for all-round development of Mysore, tourism in particular. He has asked the district administration to give top-priority for developing infrastructure for the purpose.

After worshipping at the famous temple of Goddess Chamundeswari, atop the Chamundi Hills, along with his wife, Mrs. Prema Krishna on May 27, the Chief Minister said the temple would be developed to provide more facilities to the visiting pilgrims. The couple offered prayed at the temple for rains in Karnataka, which is facing severe drought following failure of rains during the last two years and deficit rainfall during the current season. The monsoon rains are eagerly awaited by people throughout the State in the next few days. The State is currently facing severe shortage of drinking water, with tanks and reservoirs drying up.

Mr. Krishna said the temple development projects include construction of a Dasoha Bhavana (mass-feeding centre) and a pilgrim guest house. They would be completed in about a month.

He said the acquisition of 50 acres, adjacent to the present small airstrip at Mandakalli, on the Mysore-Nanjangud Road, would be speeded to provide air-link to Mysore, by the next Dasara festivities in October. A few days ago, a high-level team of officers visited the airport, on the outskirts of Mysore, and inspected the required land. Additional land is required to extend the runway so that bigger aircraft could be landed. A few private agencies have evinced interest in operating regular flights to Mysore and a few other important tourist destinations in the State.

Plans are also on hand to make the Dasara Exhibition at Doddakere more attractive by the Karnataka Exhibition Authority.

The Chief Minister said tenders had been called for modernization and development of the famous Brindavan Gardens at Krishnarajasagar. Two private agencies had already tendered their offers, which were under consideration of the Government. The Government proposes to hand over the Gardens to a private agency for development and maintenance.

Mr. Krishna disclosed the central office of the Cauvery Irrigation Corporation would be established in Mysore. This would help in managing and supervising the Cauvery irrigation spread in seven districts, including Mysore and Mandya. The office would be located at the Divisional Commissioner's office building on Mysore-Hunsur Road. The building, Jala Sannidhi, has fallen vacant following the abolition of the post and offices of the Divisional Commissioners in the State.

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