Shala (school), Mane Mane (door-to-door) and Grameena Dasara Saptaha (rural Dasara week) programmes will be symbolically inaugurated by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Oct. 1, said District In-Charge Minister S.A. Ramdas.

Addressing a press conference after attending a meeting of senior officials at the Deputy Commissioner’s office here yesterday, Ramdas said that a total cleanliness drive would also be launched by the CM for five days starting from Oct. 1.

The drive would be taken up simultaneously in all the 65 wards by deploying an additional 10 workers in each ward, besides providing materials and equipment.

As part of the drive, debris lying all over the city would be cleared in 3 days’ time and one well-maintained park in each ward would be selected for total cleanliness and illumination to make them suitable for holding cultural programmes. There are around 790 parks in Mysore and all of them would be beautified before Dasara, Ramdas said.

For the first time, this Dasara which is the 400th celebration, school students will be involved through conducting program-mes in all the schools of Mysore from Oct. 1 to 14.

Pratibha Karanji

"Mysore will host the State-level Pratibha Karanji — a talent competition for school students from Oct. 1 in which school students from all over the State would arrive in large numbers," Ramdas said and added that the participants would be taken round the city on a sight-seeing trip. "The Pratibha Karanji competitions which used to be held in November, would be held during Mysore Dasara celebrations this year onwards," Ramdas said and added that children of all government and private schools would participate in it.

Road repairs

Road repairs, filling of pot-holes and asphalting of all major roads of the city would be completed before Oct. 5 and special teams would be constituted for road repairs and pothole filling, he said.

Mysore jail:Dasara will be celebrated by the inmates of Central Jail here. They would present cultural programmes.

CM in inaugural flight

"The Mandakalli Airport would become functional from Oct. 1 with the operation of regular flights on Mys-ore-Bangalore-Mysore route," Ramdas said and added that the Chief Minister and other ministers would travel in the inaugural flight from Devanahalli International Airport to Mysore, landing here at 12.45 pm.

Union Ministers, South India Mayors invited

This Dasara, in keeping with the regal tradition and hospitality of Mysore, the red-carpet will be laid out to several Union Ministers and Mayors of prominent cities in South India, said Mayor Sandesh Swamy, who also is the President of Dasara Reception Committee.

Addressing a press conference at the City Corporation premises here yesterday, Swamy said that several Union Ministers, Judges of the Supreme Court and others have been invited for the festivities.

"We also invite the masses to participate in the Dasara celebrations and make the 400th annual celebration a memorable one," he said.

Additional seating arrangements

This year, additional seating arrangements to witness the Jumboo Savari procession at the Mysore Palace premises will be made, with a capacity to seat more than 7,000 persons, unlike in the past years when only 2,000 persons could be seated, Mayor Sandesh Swamy said.

Special facilities like mobile toilets, drinking water, etc. will be provided at several points during the Jumboo Savari, he said. Additional galleries will also be erected along the procession route to prevent crowding of people, he added.

MCC Commissioner K.S. Raikar and others were present at the press conference.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore