“Mysuru Dasara 2016 will be conducted as planned earlier. There have been some messages spreading that this time too, like last year, it will be a simple Dasara. Such messages are hoax and Dasara will be grand this year as it was planned in the meeting that took place in Bengaluru on August 5,” said Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru, D Randeep.
He was addressing the press meet held at the DC office, regarding the Mysuru Dasara celebrations.
“The government had decided to celebrate Dasara with a budget of Rs 14.35 crore and there will be no change in it. Dasara will be an extravaganza this year. Rs 6.80 crore has already been released by the government for the preparations. Dasara will be given a good publicity so that the tourists from all parts of the world will have no doubts about the festivities. The Dasara website will be updated and will carry all the relevant informations regarding the Dasara. The developments will be broadcast on AIR, TV and media,” he said.
“Renowned poet Nadoja Chennavira Kanavi will inaugurate the Dasara on October 1 at Chamundi Hills. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the Dasara exhibition, Dasara food fair wrestling competitions, flower show, book fair, lightings, film fair and sports meet. Olympic medal winner Sakshi Malik has been invited to inaugurate the Dasara sports meet, but we have not yet received any confirmation from her,” he added.
“Cultural programs at the palace premises will begin from October 1. Yuva Sambhrama will be organised from September 20 to September 26 at open air theatre, Manasagangotri. About 150 art teams will participate in the Yuva Sambhrama. Yuva Dasara will be organised from October 3 to October 9 at Maharaja’s college ground. Benni Dayal, Raghu Dixit, Shalmili Kholgade and Javed Ali will perform in Yuva Dasara,” he said.
“KSRTC is organising a unique travel called Palace on Wheels. In this programme, the tourists will be taken to eight palaces of Mysuru. Rs 999 will be charged for the tour. Tickets are given online on KSRTC and KSTDC websites. Tickets can also be collected by the DC office and the tourism department as well. KSTDC also organising a tour named Royal Routes to introduce the palaces of Mysuru. It includes a meal at the Lalith Mahal palace. It is priced Rs 4990. There is also Mysuru from the skies a helicopter ride to see Mysuru from the skies is also planned, but its price is yet to be fixed,” informed the DC.
As there won’t be enough space to watch torch light parade at Bannimatap, live coverage will be telecast at Chamundi Vihar stadium and open air theatre, Manasagangotri.
Superintendent of police, Ravi D Channannavar, ADC Venkatesh, Zilla panchayat CEO Shiva Kumar, MCC Commissioner Jagadish were present at the press meet.