Zoo tourist parking menace in Ittigegud
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Zoo tourist parking menace in Ittigegud

December 9, 2022


Years have gone by and the problem of tourist parking has not been solved yet by the Mysuru Zoo authorities. Every year lakhs of tourists visit Zoo and just to save a minimum parking money, they park their vehicles in every other street, in front of our homes and then argue with us!

I would like to highlight a few problems faced by local residents: The main road from SRT Garage till Post Office is filled with tourist vehicles parked on both sides of the road. What amazes us is that  there are no Policemen collecting fines from those tourists parking their vehicles in no parking zones.

The road leading from New Mysore Refreshment Hotel till the backgate of Dasara Exhibition is such a narrow road, yet vehicles are parked on one side. In fact I was shocked to see a mini auto stand  on this road beside the parked vehicles and not a single Policeman on this road.

Moreover, the exit for the tourists through the underpass has created more ruckus outside at the exit. Probably the Police are busy only in catching those who are riding without helmets in the entire city. This entire stretch from the Hotel is filled with potholes and damaged roads. Tourists are also creating a big mess by throwing waste wherever they want and to our dismay the Pourakarmikas of MCC sweep these roads once in 2 or 3 days.

I request the local Corporator, Zoo authorities and the Police to coordinate their work and solve the issues faced by the local residents at the earliest.

– A concerned citizen, Ittigegud, 7.12.2022

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Zoo tourist parking menace in Ittigegud”

  1. Vinay says:

    Better shift a Zoo to New zoo Developed near KRS.. It will Give GoOd Atmosphere to animal and Visitors too, it will Help for tourist to touch KRS AND MYSORE ZOO TOGETHER.. NO PARKING PROBLEM

  2. Jogekal Lingappa says:

    Hello Vinay
    The problem in India and in Mysore, is the massive increase in Indian population, Indians breeding fast like rats, adding one Australian population every 6 months. Not only this population is a menace to India, it is a much greater menace to many developed countries, as Indians try to escape this population dump, attempting to enter the Western countries through any means-legal and very often illegal.
    Indian population has surpassed that of China, It is the only achievement against China, which has a larger land mass. You all should be ashamed of this breeding rate, particularly your PM Modi.
    Your silly solution is to shift this Zoo which has been around a century to elsewhere miles away, rather than restricting the cars of visitors to the Zoo.
    This famous Zoo has acres of land specially tailored for animals.
    A better solution will be to create a large car park, outside the city limits-say near the KRS vicinity and put on city buses to ferry in the tourists to the Zoo and out.
    The warning in 1960s by many Mysoreans, when plots were sold near the Zoo, was not to heeded. It was the time of the corrupt Nijalingappa ,and BD Jatti CMs period, when they made crores for themselves, through their Congress friends in development boards in Mysore and Bangalore, who sold plots for housing in thousands , and thus accelerated uncontrolled development in these 2 cities, and making themselves very rich.
    Ittigegoodu, where the Zoo was located , was not the area where houses had to be built. That warning was not heeded. The Municipal corporators, the development board members and the state CMs, all Congressmen were too greedy for money to their pockets with those plot sales to heed the wiser words of many prominent citizens.
    There has to be a controlled entry to the Zoo with prior purchase of tickets. This approach will also preserve the Chamundi Hill structure, which is crumbling right now.
    Even living in the West, where cars are so easily purchased and maintained, I was shocked to see even during 1990s,the extent to which Mysore roads were flooded with cars, and Mysoreans boasting about possessing cars, and ridiculing any suggestion of a good public transport.

  3. Gautam says:

    Mysore Zoo was built in Ittigegud, because the place had vast acres of land, for building the Zoo, and when it was built, more than a century ago, there was greenfield approaching the zoo. It was just like the situation of Chamundi Hill whose base was located in acres of green field.
    Now look at Chamundi Hill , ;perched almost on the rows and rows of houses, a vast extension of human made buildings, which was not meant to be. But, the city developers-corporators and officials at the Mysore council unit then gave way plots there for houses, in return for sizeable bribes paid to each plot. Yes, the state government ministers were involved in this scam too.
    Similar case with the greenfield around the Zoo. Much money went to the personal accounts o politicians and officials when this greenfield was carved out into plots.
    Before all of it, the Zoo was reachable by foot from all primary and middle schools in the Wadiyar’s Mysore City., so that we in the primary and middle school years, led by our teachers could visit this zoo, by walk on the Republic Day and JC Wadiyar’s birth day. ” Kayow Sree Gowri..” in 1950s, was the state anthem sung all the way to the Zoo.
    By late 1950s and early 1960s, houses were coming up on the plots sold near the Zoo. There were no cars or other vehicles much in the city. But still , the house owners were complaining about the used lunch pockets thrown near their houses by the increased tourists visiting Zoo. Many complained about people standing and urinating nearby and some defecating too. When these house owners began to buy these plots a group of Mysore residents who wanted to preserve the Zoo with greenfield around warned them , that they will be in the midst of tourists visiting the Zoo. But having paid the bribes for the plots, they would not listen.
    The Zoo should stay where it is. It is a heritage site. Control vehicles and tourists bringing in their vehicles.gh luck Itteigegud dwellers, you knew this risk and you still have your houses. Move out, if you do not like this situation.


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