Protect heritage structures in Mysuru, deputy commissioner tells conservation panel members

MYSURU: Highlighting the need to preserve in the city, Mysuru deputy commissioner Abhiram G Sankar on Friday said, “We need to protect structures such as and .”
Stating that the pillars adorning the entrance of the City Railway Station would be shifted in order to ensure hassle-free traffic movement, Sankar, who presided over a meeting of the Mysuru Heritage Region Development and Committee, instructed its members to choose an ideal location for them at the earliest.

Sankar said that sub-committees had been constituted to identify heritage buildings in the city. “This sub-committee will also assess the condition of heritage structures,” said Sankar, seeking the opinion of the heritage panel members on the proposed renovation of the Samskrit Patashale hostel.

Officials were also instructed to inspect the condition of Folklore Museum at the Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace housed within the Manasagangothri campus of the University of Mysore. Other important places that Sankar marked for conservation were Durgaiah Pond, beside the Saraswathipuram Swimming Pool. “The pond has recently turned into a dumpyard. Also, Mysuru City Corporation officials must work on protecting Andani Mantapa on Bannur Road, and Shringara Pond on Najangud Road,” said Sankar.

Members in the meeting requested Sankar ro bring amendments to the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, which would go a long way in boosting conservation efforts. “The government must understand the importance of the amendment,” the members opined.

MCC commissioner KH Jagadeesh, Mysuru Urban Development Authority chairman Kantharaju Urs, Major General (retd.) SG Vombatkere, heritage expert Prof NS Rangaraju, structural engineer NR Ashok, historian Echanuru Kumar and Nirmala Mahapathi were present at the meeting.

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