Mysore/Mysuru: District Minister S.T. Somashekar said that everyone taking part in ‘Jumboo Savari‘ procession will be tested for COVID-19 five days ahead of the event.
He was speaking to presspersons after holding a Dasara preparatory meeting at the new Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Siddarthanagar yesterday.
Pointing out that those attending the procession should possess a COVID -19 negative report, Somashekar said that all necessary precautionary and safety measures will be taken during the event. Noting that four Dasara preparatory meetings have been held so far, he said that the five Dasara elephants will be welcomed at the Palace on Oct.2. The welcome ceremony will take place in the auspicious Dhanur Lagna between 12.18 pm and 12.49 pm at Jayamarthanda Gate of the Palace, he added.
Continuing, Somashekar said that yesterday’s meeting discussed the preparations for the 10-day Dasara festival inauguration atop Chamundi Hill on Oct.17, the cultural events to take place in the Palace and ‘Jumboo Savari’ procession in the Palace premises on Oct.26.
Reacting to a query on the arrangements for Dasara procession, the Minister said he, along with fellow Minister C.T. Ravi and MLA S.A. Ramdas, have appealed the Chief Secretary of the State to allow participation of 2,000 people for Dasara procession, 1,000 people for Dasara cultural programmes and 250 people for Dasara inauguration atop Chamundi Hill.The Chief Secretary is expected to respond to the plea in a couple of days after going through the Centre’s guidelines on the issue. He further said that the next Dasara meeting will take place on Oct.2, when a more clear picture will emerge.
SPB memorial programme: During the meeting, Somashekar directed the officials to give prominence for local artistes at Dasara cultural programmes to take place in the Palace. The meeting also deliberated on organising a cultural event in memory of legendary singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) who passed away recently.
MP Pratap Simha, MLAs S. A. Ramdas and L. Nagendra, Deputy Commissioner (DC) B. Sharat, Additional DC B.S. Manjunathaswamy, City Police Commissioner Dr. Chandragupta, SP C.B. Ryshyanth, ZP CEO D. Bharathi, MCC Commmissioner Gurudatta Hegde and other officials were present.