We are just 20 days away from Dasara to be held from Oct. 5 to 14, 2013 and civic works are still incomplete in the main city area.

Picture above shows the road along the famous Chamarajendra Wadiyar statue to the north of Palace from where the Dasara procession begins, dug up for constructing a U-shaped drainage. When SOM asked the maistri about the delay, he said, “On one hand, the labourers are getting a kg of rice at one rupee and hence they work for lesser number of days. On the other hand, the Contractor does not make timely payments to the labourers because of which they are reluctant to work here.”

Though preparations for the Dasara are going on at a brisk pace inside the Palace premises, works in the core heritage area around the Palace is moving at a snail’s pace.

Inside the Palace, maintenance of gardens is on at full swing and topiary — the art of creating various shapes out of shrubs and plants — which had not been done for the past few years, has been taken up once again this year by creating a message Naada Habba Dasarakke Swagatha out of green shrubs in front of the Palace, drawing the attention of tourists visiting the Palace from the northern gate.

Painting of the walls, compound and other structures too are in full swing inside the Palace. The majestic pillars in the Durbar Hall, which is being decorated with gold-leafing by artist Ganjifa Raghupathi Bhat, wears a traditional look.

However, outside the Palace, various civil works including roads and pavement works are witnessing slow progress, despite being in the core heritage area, where most of the Dasara festivities are held.

Among the incomplete works is the much-hyped Raja Marga, which has become a major eyesore in the heart of the city.

The other work needing immediate attention is the Town Hall where cultural programmes are to be staged during Dasara.

Also, much work needs to be done on the newly-created basement parking lot in the Town Hall premises.

CM Siddharamaiah had directed the authorities to complete all Dasara related works by Sept. 25. Though it seems unlikely DC C. Shikha is confident that they will be completed on time.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore