Portion of Mysore Palace fort wall collapses near Kote Maramma Temple
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Portion of Mysore Palace fort wall collapses near Kote Maramma Temple

October 18, 2022

Spot barricaded; Repair works of fort wall measuring about 20 mts begin

Mysore/Mysuru: Following continuous heavy rains in city, a portion of the Mysore Palace fort wall towards the left side of Kote Maramma Temple and near to the Varaha Gate of the Palace has collapsed late last night.

This portion of the fort wall was dilapidated and had developed cracks. A month back, a total of 55 mts weak fort wall was identified to be repaired at a cost of Rs. 39.06 lakh and tender was also called to take up repair works.

The tender was also awarded to one Chandrashekar, who was to take up repair works last month itself but due to Dasara festivities the repair works could not be taken up.

Cannon firing exercise was shifted to other venue: As many portions of the fort wall had developed cracks, the cannon firing exercise, which was being held at the parking lot near Varaha Gate and close to Kote Maramma Temple to acclimatise Dasara elephants to the booming sounds of cannons, was also shifted to the parking lot at Dasara Exhibition Grounds on M.G. Road as the vibrations made from the booming sound of cannons could further damage the fort wall.

This morning, Palace Engineer Vinod inspected the collapsed portion of the fort wall measuring about 20 mts.

He said that the materials that were used to construct the fort wall earlier will be used to repair the damaged fort wall and the works have begun this morning.

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Meanwhile, Mysore Palace Board Deputy Director T.S. Subramanya, speaking to Star of Mysore, attributed the wall collapse for three reasons: The fort wall is over 100 years old; Continuous heavy rains and vibrations caused due to cannon firing exercise.

He said that tenders to take up repair works of weak and dilapidated portions of the fort wall was called a month back and anticipating further damage, cannon firing drill was also shifted to the parking lot at Dasara Exhibition Grounds. But due to continuous rains in recent days, the portion of the fort wall dilapidated further and collapsed.

Subramanya said that the spot, where the portion of the fort wall collapsed, has been covered this morning and public has been cautioned not to venture close to the collapsed portion. The contractor has been instructed to take up the repair works from today itself, he added.

6 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Portion of Mysore Palace fort wall collapses near Kote Maramma Temple”

  1. Santhosh says:

    Mysore Palace Board Deputy Director T.S. Subramanya, attributed the wall collapse for three reasons: The fort wall is over 100 years old; Continuous heavy rains and “vibrations caused due to cannon firing exercise.”
    So in spite of knowing that canon firing may damage the walls, they went ahead it!

  2. Santhosh says:

    Mysore Palace Board Deputy Director T.S. Subramanya, attributed the wall collapse for three reasons: The fort wall is over 100 years old; Continuous heavy rains and “vibrations caused due to cannon firing exercise.”
    So in spite of knowing that canon firing may damage the walls, they went ahead with it!

  3. Jogekal Lingappa says:

    Simply ditch the Royalty days activities like cannon firing and the central government should take over the Palace, so that the Wadiyar relatives holed up there should go. Then the government can maintain this Palace as a national treasure.

  4. dng says:

    Thsnk youu for another great post. Whedre else mayy ust anyone gget
    that kind of into in such a perfect metthod of writing?
    I have a presentation next week, andd I aam oon thee searxh forr such information.

  5. Dayanidhi says:

    Government should involve in the restoration work of heritage monuments since it takes pride that My sore is a cultural city that Boasts of Historical Dasara celebrations.

  6. Thirthahalli Eashwar says:

    Hello all
    Mysore is no longer heritage city, as it was decades ago.
    This Palace problems keep occurring because , the Palace administration is useless because of the lack of funds, man power, expertise and attention
    In a few years, the main Palace building will be in a state of repairs, The remaining members of the Wadiyar family. cannot afford to hold on to the main Palace building of which this Fort wall forms a part. The state and central governments to step in and take over the Palace. This will ensure funds are avaiiable as it will be declared as a national treasure. There is no alternative.

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