Use B’luru lessons to improve Mysore, say experts

Oct 9, 2017

 

Mysuru: Mysureans want a Metro rail network and Indira Canteens, Dasara and Heritage Authority, a body to preserve heritage buildings dotting its streets and relocation of the Central Jail like in Bengaluru and using the space for public purpose.

During the feedback session as part of the Vision 2025 workshop, experts asked the government to focus on growth of the city in the long run but without compromising on its core element, its heritage.

Speaking on ‘Urban Infrastructure, Smart Cities’, MUDA commissioner PS Kantharaju said the Mysuru City Corporation plans to renovate all its markets, develop hi-tech parks, take up under- and over-bridges at railway crossings, construct welcome entry arches and change the present streetlights to LED lights.

“There’s also a plan to set up Indira Canteens in all 65 wards under MCC similar to the BBMP. There are proposals to shift Mysuru Jail and convert the place as a KSRTC bus stand and develop the industrial area on the lines of Electronics City. There is also a demand for Metro rail in the city,” he said.

Zilla panchayat CEO P Shivashankar, speaking on ‘Agriculture and Allied, Rural Development’, said 78% of the population is dependent on river water while 22% banks on borewells. “At present, there are 1.45 lakh water tap connections which will be increased to 2.81 lakh and 1788 kms of kachha roads will be asphalted by 2025 in the district,” he said.

Similarly, District Industries Center Joint Director H Ramakrishne Gowda said there are 32,686 industries, including 32,606 SMEs, in the district which provide employment to 2.08 lakh persons.

“Hassle-free availability of finance for the SME sector, extension of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Bidadi industrial area to Mysuru as alternative fuel, truck and cargo terminals near highways, vertical urban factories on PPP model for SMEs and startups, extension of industrial cluster in highway corridor from the present Coimbatore – Mysuru to Bengaluru will help industrial development in the district,” he said. He also spoke of a dedicated tailoring institute to improve garment sector and IT and ITES corridor in Mysuru.

Officialspeak

* A police university should be set up and its graduates should have 75% reservation in selection to the department. Creation of separate wings for Law & Order and Crime has also been suggested, apart from various welfare measures for officers and extending support for investigation with advanced weapons and gadgets.

A Subramanyeshwara Rao |commissioner of police, Mysuru

* Redesigning of jails and its lockups have to be done in sync with present-day requirements to avoid problems in jails. Even a small incident of a quarrel between convicts or inmates and jailbreak bring a bad name to the institution. Barracks are old and keeping hardened criminals in a separate wing is difficult. New jails should be designed carefully keeping all these in mind.

PV Anand Reddy | chief superintendent of prisons, Mysuru division

* Separate clusters should be developed for chemical, food, automobile, textile and IT in industrial areas as now, chemical industries have come up in the IT cluster which shouldn’t happen as it won’t attract investment and funds. Secondly, gas insulated transmission lines should be installed for uninterrupted power supply and R&D centre should be set up so that industries utilize the facility for growth.

Sureshkumar Jain | secretary, Mysuru Industries Association

* The government must create better road infrastructure to facilitate export of goods. The Coimbatore expressway project should be completed and work on the Mysuru-Mangaluru road should be speeded up. Poor mass transportation in industrial areas has hit industries as workers find it hard to travel and road infrastructure has to be improved within the area.

AS Sathish | chairman, Mysuru Chamber of Commerce and Industry