Mysuru, August 8:- The South Western Railway (SWR), Mysuru Division, had to face the heat from historians and activists for covering the plaque of former Governor Maharaja Jaya Chamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur at Mysuru Railway Hospital in the city on Tuesday.
Historian P V Nanjaraj Urs and other activists staged a protest at Mysuru Railway Hospital on KRS Road in the city after they found that the railway officials had cemented a marble plaque installed in 1961 during the inauguration of the Railway Hospital by the then Governor of Mysore State Maharaja Jaya Chamaraja Wodeyar.
The activists led by historian Nanjaraj Urs staged a protest and urged the railway officials to restore the plaque which was covered by cement. The railway officials on coming to know of their mistake restored the plaque immediately.
A press statement from SWR Mysuru Division has clarified that “During routine civil engineering work being undertaken at Railway Hospital in Mysuru on Tuesday the plaque installed at the building during the laying of foundation stone for the construction of the building, it was found closed for a brief period due to communication gap. Immediately on learning about the incident, officers of SWR visited the spot and brought the plaque and restored to its original status. It is clarified that no instructions were issued by SWR officials concerned either for closing the plaque or removing it.”
“At this juncture, the SWR officials present lauded the enormous contributions of the Wodeyar dynasty for the development of Indian Railways in the region and at no time it was intended to show any disrespect for the Mysuru royal family. The SWR officials have also assured of swift probe into the incident and assured action against those found guilty,” the press statement added. -KK