The hopes of Mysuru for a hat-trick, on being adjudged as the cleanest city for the third time, was shattered when it was pushed down to the fifth place, conceding the honour to Indore which, like Mysuru, is an ex-Princely State in Madhya Pradesh ruled by Holkar Dynasty.
The most benevolent and revered ruler of Indore was Ahalya Bai who was a philanthropist and God-fearing person generous enough for the renovation of many temples, prominent of them being Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi and Somanath in Gujarat.
Now coming to our own Mysuru, it seems, the stretch on Dhanvantri road abutting the K.R. Hospital Stone Building upto the traffic island where a temple is located, has escaped the eyes of the judges who awarded the gradings though it is conspicuously located in the heart of the city. Had they seen it, the grading would have dipped down further from the fifth place.
The opposite Lanes and Crosses behind Agarwal Lodge and Indra Bhavan are no better. The stench of the rotting vegetables and fruits overflowing from the garbage containers dumped by the godowns located there greet the passersby and the stray dogs and cattle searching for their meal in the man’s dump-yard make a mess of the area.
With all such trash around us, how can we claim that our Mysuru is the cleanest city? At the most, it can be termed as the least dirty city as stated by Vikram Muthanna in his write-up ‘Black& White’ (Star of Mysore dated May 6, 2017).
– V.R. Srinivasa Murthy, Brindavan Extension, 13.7.2017