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Old May 9th, 2011, 05:47 PM   #101
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Guys I came across this pic on flickr while using the tag-Mysore.The author seems to be a mysorean and has put a remark -"Reminds me of Mysore".I too felt the same looking at the pic-Is'nt our Valmiki road much wider and spacious than the road in this small chinese town(Suzou - The town of gardens) ?But still namma valmiki road lacks finish When will Mysore learn to give good finish to its roads?

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Yes what you are saying is cent percent right.But will our authorities ever dream of such a thing?They lack passion they just have no love for their city.
I am sure Victor Albert road will look horrendous once that raja marga concept materialises on that road.Stone barricades just don't add glamour to it, there was absolutely no need to conceive worthless raja marga concept. Just provide good pavements and design the road as per IRC norms and that would suffice.

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IMO Mysore should be made cycle friendly city as it is already pedestrian friendly. It will also help reducing use of vehicles for small distances by encouraging the use of bicycles
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IMO Mysore should be made cycle friendly city as it is already pedestrian friendly. It will also help reducing use of vehicles for small distances by encouraging the use of bicycles
Excellent suggestion there world8115,Mysore city coportaion did plan for cycle tracks but it remained a plan forever.I also identified certain routes for the same.Have a look at chandigarh ---

A road in Chandigarh exclusive for Cycle rickshaws



A road in Mysore which can easily accomodate a cycle track like above,Lalitha Mahal road

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Old May 9th, 2011, 08:57 PM   #106
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The roads look carbon copy of each other, garden on left, footpath & trees in b/w and road on the right and also form same angle. Excellent find Akash
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Guys I came across this pic on flickr while using the tag-Mysore.The author seems to be a mysorean and has put a remark -"Reminds me of Mysore".I too felt the same looking at the pic-Is'nt our Valmiki road much wider and spacious than the road in this small chinese town(Suzou - The town of gardens) ?But still namma valmiki road lacks finish When will Mysore learn to give good finish to its roads?

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Actually what is lacking is road marks. Road marks are imp for aesthetics. All state highways say roads wider than 2 lane width need to be road marked in middle... road marks more useful in night
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Excellent suggestion there world8115,Mysore city coportaion did plan for cycle tracks but it remained a plan forever.I also identified certain routes for the same.Have a look at chandigarh ---

A road in Chandigarh exclusive for Cycle rickshaws



A road in Mysore which can easily accomodate a cycle track like above,Lalitha Mahal road
this is how they should have done in bangalore, with side lane for lmv's only. Instead they chopped trees and widened roads heard in china they made similar model
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Atleast they can do this now in Mysore. With extensive construction in B'luru in recent years without proper planning made it difficult to maintain the charm
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Old May 10th, 2011, 10:05 AM   #110
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The roads look carbon copy of each other, garden on left, footpath & trees in b/w and road on the right and also form same angle. Excellent find Akash
Thanks world8115,Mysore needs to learn a lot from other cities especially Chandigarh

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Actually what is lacking is road marks. Road marks are imp for aesthetics. All state highways say roads wider than 2 lane width need to be road marked in middle... road marks more useful in night
They will soon mark the road,it was laid recently.By finishing I meant good signages,cat eyes,qulaity markings,even footpaths etc.

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Atleast they can do this now in Mysore. With extensive construction in B'luru in recent years without proper planning made it difficult to maintain the charm
+1 the present Mysore is just like Bangalore in the 80's.
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Areas around Mysore Palace, Town Hall to get a facelift soon

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JNNURM to spend Rs. 39.45 crore on development works
MYSORE: The areas around the Town Hall and the Mysore Palace, identified as core heritage zone, will get a facelift under a project sponsored by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission(JNNURM). An amount of Rs. 39.45 crore will be spent for this purpose.

Minister for Medical Education S.A. Ramdas, who is also in charge of the district, laid the foundation stone for the works on Monday.

This is the first heritage development project being taken up under JNNURM, although Mysore was identified as a beneficiary city in view of its heritage value and tourist importance. The deadline is May 2012. The project is being implemented by the Department of Tourism through the Mysore City Corporation and has four components.

Under the first component, main roads leading to the Palace will be improved and the surroundings embellished to enhance its ambience at a cost of Rs.16.73 crore.

The project envisages widening of the existing road from 12.5 metres to 16 metres. The 1.65 km-long road around the Palace connecting Hardinge Circle, Gun House, Rachaiah Circle, and K.R.Circle will be covered under this component.

The embellishment work also includes installation of electricity poles, whose design will synchronize with the heritage ambience, laying of aesthetically designed pedestrian pathways, stone or steel railings along the pathway, designer signages, construction of toilets and drinking water facilities, creating metal benches or seating arrangements, incorporating classical designs among others.

The second component entails construction of tonga stands at nearly 20 places at an estimated cost of Rs.2.23 crore to give a fillip to the fledgling tongas, for which Mysore was renowned in the past. The third component entails embellishment of the Town Hall precincts and its surrounding areas at a cost of Rs.17.66 crore. This includes creating parking facilities at the basement, an open air theatre for cultural activities with a seating capacity of 1,000 people, landscaping of the entire area, development of the park, illumination, and rain water harvesting.

The fourth package will focus on improving the Town Hall interiors by replacing the chairs, reinforcing the structure, providing new and concealed lighting and improving the acoustics inside the auditorium.

The original plan was revised by the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee of the JNNURM. .
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Let us wait and watch. I wish we really get top class roads. :P
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Old May 14th, 2011, 06:29 AM   #112
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The indiscriminate installation of traffic signal lights in almost all the junctions in the city is posing a serious inconvenience for the commuters. Signals have become an order of the day even on easy roads, finds Shyam Sundar Vattam

Automatic traffic signal lights are creating more problems than helping citizens in the city. In the name of streamlining traffic, the cops have put up traffic signal lights everywhere without examining whether they are required or not.

A majority of signal lights are located on the Jhansi Laxmibai Road. Hardly three circles are spared from installing signal lights on three km stretch from the junction of JLB Road-Nanjangud Road till Railway Station Circle.

Once there were hardly one or two traffic signal lights in the entire city. They were near K R Circle near New Sayyaji Rao Road and near the junction of Dhanvantari Road and New Sayyaji Rao Road. No doubt, the number of vehicles has increased by manifold but installing traffic signal lights without conducting proper scientific survey is totally ‘unwarranted’.

It is surprising to see traffic signal lights at Vedanta Hemmige Circle (popularly known as Ganesha Talkies Circle, near Gayatri Bhavan on Dhanvantari Road and also near Kukkarahalli Road as roads are wide enough for free movement of vehicles. No matter vehicles are there or not, drivers are forced to wait a minute or so for their turn to proceed further.

The one near the Gayatri Bhavan is not at all required considering the number of vehicles. The same in the case of Kukkarahalli Tank signal light too.

On JLB Road alone, there are signal lights at Vedanta Hemmige Circle, Ramaswamy Circle, MUDA Circle, Rotary School Circle, Hotel Metropole Circle and Dasappa Circle.

The circles that they have spared are Chamundi Puram Circle, Five lights Circle near Seth Mohandas Tulasidas Hospital and RTO Circle.

Once the signal lights are installed, the entire stretch of three km will be full of signal lights. The traffic constables switch on the lights and disappear leaving it to the drivers.

In the absence of cops the drivers jump signal lights without waiting for their turn.

The basic question here is whether so much of signal lights are required. Another question is why all the signal lights are located on JLB Road and not at other places.

Many drivers take parallel road of JLB Road to reach the railway station as there is not a single signal light on this stretch of road. It is observed that there will not be any chaos if the signal lights are switched off as all the vehicle drivers go without any problems. Problem is in store only if the signal lights are on.

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The signal lights are not at all configured because of which the drivers are forced to wait near each signal lights for around two to two and a half minutes.

Although, one needs hardly eight to ten minutes to reach the Railway Station during odd hours, it is more than 15 minutes if the signal lights are on. But it has not been done so far. The cops are wrong if they think that mere installing of signal lights streamline traffic in the city. This number of signal lights may be required after some years when the city grows much larger.

A retired cop told City Herald that the signal lights should be installed only after taking into account certain parameters. It is a must if any place is accident-prone area.

Signal lights are absolutely not necessary in some places like Vedanta Hemmige Circle, Kukkarahalli Road Circle, near All India Institute of Speech and Hearing. But, it is required near old RMC Circle and Bannimantap Circle where the density of traffic is more.
I think JLB road needs traffic signals,it is by far the most used road of the city.Traffic signals is amust in Bannimantap area.
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For a city renowned as a tourist destination and with nearly 200 identified heritage structures, it is ironical that the first of the tourism and heritage development projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is being taken up at the fag end of the mission.

The JNNURM was launched in 2005 and Mysore was among the 63 urban centres initially identified as a beneficiary city and qualified for special grants and funding from the Union Government on the strengths of its heritage and tourism characteristics.

Of the 63 cities, Mysore was one of the 10 cities selected for renewal of urban heritage as it plays an important role in the socio-economic and cultural profile of the city. Hence a concept plan was conceived to suggest measures to utilise heritage and reshape and revitalise the economy and culture of Mysore. The thrust of the concept plan, as explained in the executive summary of the detailed project report, was to use heritage as an important leverage to improve the quality of life.

Slow beginning

Yet, despite the tall claims, it took the local authorities more than six years to conceive a project that was in tune with the City Development Plan submitted for JNNURM which delineated the “Vision” for the development of Mysore.

As the CDP noted, “Mysore aspires to be an international destination for cultural, spiritual, natural and religious tourism based on the history associated with the town, traditional cultural events and by retaining the historical character and conserving the built and natural heritage”.

But as the cliché goes, it is better late than never and with less than year to go for the deadline for all JNNURM projects in the country to terminate, the foundation stone was laid to improve the core heritage areas of Mysore last week. The project envisages an outlay of Rs.39.45 crore to give a facelift to the palace and its surroundings including Town Hall.

The project was conceived by the Department of Tourism and the Mysore City Corporation [MCC] is implementing it. As per the project details prepared by STUP Consultants, Bangalore, the key interventions in the conservation area are controlled parking, enhancement of public spaces, protection and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and monuments, provision of street furniture, signage and information for tourists and presenting a unified image of the heritage precinct surrounding the palace.

Road widening

Under the project the roads circling the palace and the Fort will be widened and this includes the road starting from Hardinge Circle, around the southern gate of Palace till K.R.Circle. As such, a portion of the Bangalore-Nilgiri Road hugging the palace, the road in front of the main palace gate, the road behind Gun House till Rachaiah Circle covering both Sri Shivaratri Rajendra Circle and Basaveshwara Circle, and the stretch from Rachiah Circle to K.R.Circle will be widened and the footpaths improved and embellished for the benefit of pedestrians and tourists.

The selection of the stretch is important as it has several heritage structures including Amba Vilas Palace, Town Hall, Clock Tower, K.R. Circle, Chamaraja Circle, Gun House, Lansedown Building and Jaganmohan Palace, some of which are progressively being devalued due to overgrowth and congestion and hence an intervention is imperative.

The first stretch comprising a portion of the Bangalore-Nilgiri Road will have two carriageways separated by a median for the smooth movement of tongas for which Mysore is renowned, apart from providing information kiosks with telephone facilities, toilet blocks, seating arrangements along the signages, drinking water kiosks, food kiosks and dustbins at strategic locations. The second stretch opposite the main palace gate too will have similar facilities in addition to a platform for live craft display.

The third stretch of the road starting from Gun House to Shivaratri Rajendra Circle will have special lighting in addition to the above mentioned facilities. The fourth stretch will also incorporate the above elements.

Kiosks

The proposed kiosks will provide digital city information service, act like a normal information signpost with directions to places of interests and amenities and provide touch-screen city information and Internet services, according to the STUP project.

A key component of the project is the installation of heritage-styled designed lamp posts. The original plan entailed installing 132 lamp posts at a spacing of 35 metres each and the design of the lamp posts as also the barricades will be drawn after studying the classical patterns in the palace.

There will be a specially designed police control cabin while seating arrangements around the palace has been proposed and seats will be installed at a distance of every 60 metres all through the four stretches.

Another critical aspect of the project is enhancement of public spaces and it will include embellishing the pedestrian pathways around the palace.

The deadline for the completion of the project is May 2012 but given the pace of JNNURM works in the city, one is not sure when the work will end. It also remains to be seen if the earlier proposal to develop the squares and circles in the core heritage areas of Mysore on the lines of Paris city square will bear fruit. While the civic works will go a long way in beautifying the core zone, it also remains to be seen if the MCC has the will to ban the advertising and commercial hoardings in the region.

Amphitheatre

The second important component of the heritage revitalisation plan pertains to the development of Town Hall and its surrounding areas. The plan is to have an open air amphitheatre for performing arts, and create parking space in the basement to decongest the area surrounding Town Hall and Chamaraja Circle.

The improvement to Town Hall also includes enhancing the interiors of the auditorium, improving its acoustics and installation of an illumination system to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the building.

While the Union Government has sanctioned the project and will contribute Rs.31.56 crore, the State Government will contribute Rs.3.945 crore and the Tourism Department, another Rs.3.945 crore.

The original plan submitted by the authorities was for Rs.64 crore but it was revised by the central sanctioning and monitoring committee of the JNNURM.

R. Krishna Kumar
The Hindu

Guys what do you all think about this project? Road around the palace is set for a facelift.Are you expecting big or....? :P

I measured the distance around the palace it comes out to roughly 3 Km,The stretch from Hardinge circle to Chamrajendra wadiyar circle(Victor Albert road) is a part of 4.5 km Raja marga.So both the concepts(core heritage and raja marga) have clashed on this particular stretch.Need to see how they go about on that.
Note that Victor Albert road is set to have a median as it does not lie on the procession route.Don't you all think that a median in place would mar the beauty of this road???

Your thoughts on this please :P I am not able to distinguish between Raja Marga and Heritage core project when it comes to road sprucing.

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Nice photos guru.

This is going to be Mysore's first underpass right?.
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Nice photos guru.

This is going to be Mysore's first underpass right?.
i think 8 underpasses are their in Mysore

1. Ashokpuram to Kuvempunagar Road
2. beside Chamarajapuram railway station
3. KRS Road
4. Bambo Bazar to gokulam road
5. Bambo bazer to metgalli road
6. MG Road (Backside of Exhibition Ground)
7. HD Kote Road
8. KRS Ring road junction
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Are those underpasses for road junctions or railway underpasses?
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Only the one near Exhibition Ground is not a Railway underpass. All others are.
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So technically mysore has only one underpass. I would love to see photo of that junction, anybody there?
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