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Mysuru will soon become ‘orange zone’: Minister ST Somashekar

Mysuru, May 7:- “I requested Urban Development Minister B A Basavaraj to provide financial help to Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysuru. He positively responded to it and collected donations. It shows his social concern,” said District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar.

He was speaking at a function held at the premises of Mysuru Zoo at Indiranagar on Thursday.

“I have spoken to the president of Association of Kannada Kootas of America (AKKA), a non-profit organisation of the United States of America, Amarnath. I have given him information regarding the donations to be made to the Mysuru Zoo. He has responded positively to it. As AKKA Convention will not be held this year due to Covid-19 pandemic, I have requested him for the financial help for the zoo,” he said.

“Bhyrati Basavaraj collected a huge amount of money in such a short period of time. If we had more time, we could have collected more funds. Now NRI associations have also come forward to help. Minister Gopalaiah has also collected Rs 8 lakh,” he added.

‘Covid-19 cases down in Mysuru’

“Coronavirus cases in Mysuru have come down from 90 to 7. As per the instructions of the central government, we have eased the borders for the movement of farmers and crops. Farmers were having a tough time in transporting the crops. This decision has come in order to help them. Transactions should happen. But we have not completely eased the lockdown. Though we have financial problems, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has announced Rs 1,610 crore for coronavirus relief. We are not using the money of temples,” he said.

“We have requested the government to announce the district as ‘orange zone’ instead of the ‘red zone.’ The district will become ‘orange zone’ soon. We are hopeful of district becoming coronavirus-free in a week. The number of cases have come down to 7 and it will become zero soon. Making it green zone will be decided based on the condition in the coming days,” he added.

“We have identified three reasons regarding the spread of coronavirus from Jubilant Generics, a pharmaceutical company in Nanjangud. An employee of the factory is said to have attended a meeting of Tablighi Jamaat in Bengaluru. The second reason is auditors had visited the factory and thirdly, officials of the factory visited Bengaluru. Either of these three reasons might have caused the spread of coronavirus. I have not yet received a report submitted by IAS officer Harsh Gupta,” he added.

Minister Basavaraj, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, MLAs SA Ramadass, L Nagendra, Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar and others were present. (MR/KS)

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