The Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu seems to have affected the ongoing Dasara. With just three days left for the Dasara procession, tourists from Maharashtra, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and state capital Bengaluru have already started arriving in the city. But not surprisingly, the number of visitors from Tamil Nadu seems to have come down considerably.
Looking at the number of vehicles coming to Mysuru, those coming from Tamil Nadu have plummeted. According to statistics, this year’s Dasara, it seems, is attracting more tourists from Maharashtra. The usually traffic-free roads in the city look busy what with tourists from the neighbouring states coming to watch the famous Dasara. Most of the hotels in city have been witnessing heavy rush for bookings in advance.
It has been recorded that the vehicle flow to the city from two checkpoints _ Bengaluru and Neelagiri _ is witnessing 25 vehicles flowing every five minutes. In order to cope up with the traffic woes, the traffic police have installed signboards and navigators to help the tourists going to Mysuru Zoo, Chamundi Hills and other important spots.
Check on extortion menace
With an eye on preventing auto drivers from extorting tourists, more cops have been deployed at the city railway station and bus stand. Police are also monitoring pre-paid auto booths at both these points. Autos and private transport operators have also been cautioned not to extort money from tourists.