A sad commentary on Mysore Master Plan -2031
It is said that a team of officials, comprising the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the Tahsildar, having examined four locations in the city, have failed to find a suitable location for construction of new DCís Office Complex [SOM dated Oct. 26, 2014]. Further, it is now realised that the present office building, the Athara Kacheri is 150-years-old and that it cannot accommodate all the sections of DC Office complex.
The State government has earmarked Rs.35 crores in the budget for this proposed complex. However, even before a site is found for the proposed construction, the cost estimate has risen to Rs.85 crores !
How ironical ! Only till a few months ago Mysore - Nanjangud Master Plan-2031 was under public domain. The Master Plan was expected to project future development scenario and provide for future land use for Mysore. This was a Master Plan for 20-year period, between 2011-2031. Among other things, the Master Plan provided for Film City and Conference Complex! But how come the need for new DCís office complex escaped the scrutiny of the planners of Master Plan?
More so, when in the scheme of things everything in the districtís administration revolves around DC and surely the planners would have had several meetings with the DC during the evolution of this Master Plan 2031. Is it not a sad commentary on the Master Plan which could not identify this need of the District during such several meetings? What was MUDA doing during all these years of conception of Master Plan?
In the recent past, Mysore City has witnessed that large plots of lands within the city and in its periphery have been allotted by the concerned authorities to various organisations for erecting buildings in memory of our leaders. Certainly one of these plots could have been earmarked for the new DCís complex, if only the Master Plan had identified this need.
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