MYSORE: In the wake of increased terror attacks at prominent tourists spots, mostly frequented by foreign tourists, the government, which stepped up security by installing cameras across the city and at the Mysore Palace, has now planned to have electric fencing around the fort wall.

The palace, which is spread across 72 acres, has a 12-foot compound wall.

Huge trees and construction of high-rise structures around the palace have necessitated further enhancement of security of the palace.

According to sources, the Police Commissioner reviewed the security aspects and has suggested the need for installing the electric fencing; the palace board has also prepared a Rs 1.60-crore plan to install the fencing.

The palace board officials have held talks with the Electronic Corporation of India on installing the electric fence.

The board has also taken measures like installing closed-circuit television cameras inside and outside the palace, under-vehicle scanners, baggage scanners and metal detectors. The board has approved the construction of cellar parking near Mariyamma temple in the palace premises to accommodate around 800 cars.

The palace is likely to get funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission  (JNNURM) for the construction of parking lots and for creating basic facilities for tourists.

Mysore palace deputy director Awaradi said, “The proposal has been prepared according to the directions of the police in order to enhance the

security of the palace and its tourists.”

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