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A simple or grand Dasara? Govt to decide at High-Power Panel meet tomorrow in Mysuru

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to chair High-Power Committee meeting at 3.30 pm tomorrow

Mysuru, August 27:-All eyes are focused on the Dasara High-Power Committee meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow in the heritage city of Mysuru which will decide the status of the festival – whether to celebrate a grand Mysuru Dasara or a simple Dasara due to the flood ravage in Kodagu District.

For the first time, the state government has scheduled the High-Power Committee meeting in the city tomorrow at 3:30 pm. In the previous years, the meeting was held in Bengaluru chaired by the Chief Minister along with Mysuru District In-charge Minister, Deputy Commissioner and other officials. However, this year the meeting has been shifted to Mysuru as Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is scheduled to visit the city tomorrow to take part in various programmes.

The high-power committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow will not only decide about the status of the festival, but also on other issues related to Mysuru Dasara. From budget allocation to the Dasara this year to the events that needs to be lined up are also expected to be discussed in tomorrow’s meeting.

Following good rainfall in Mysuru and Mandya Districts, earlier it was planned to have a grand Mysuru Dasara, but the recent flood-situation in Kodagu which claimed more than 10 lives will certainly force the state government to rethink over the issue.

The flood situation in Kodagu District has already hit the tourism sector and hotel industry in the region. Now, if the Dasara is scaled down it will result in a huge loss to the hotel and tourism sector in Mysuru and Kodagu, opined hoteliers.

All the stake holders and officials will also take part in tomorrow’s meeting convened by the state government. H D Kumaraswamy will chair the meeting. District In-charge Minister G T Deve Gowda, Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru Abhiram G Sankar and MLAs will also attend the meeting.

Gajapayana on August 29?

The symbolic march of the elephants ‘Gajapayana’ will be held on August 29, sources said. It is said that the forest department officials are mulling to conduct the Gajapayana on Wednesday, where the first batch of Dasara elephants from the jungle camp will march towards Mysuru. Every year the Gajapayana takes place in the month of August, which gives enough time for them to get used to the city environment and prepare themselves for the Dasara Jamboo Savari.

The decision on Gajapayana would also be discussed at the high-power committee meeting.  In all probability, the meeting will give a green signal for Gajapayana on August 29 as any postponement of the date will shorten the training period for the elephants to participate in Vijayadashami procession. –(KK)

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