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Mysuru: Traffic violators can now pay fine using credit or debit cards in Mysuru.
In a first of its kind initiative, the city police on Saturday introduced a hand-held device to issue challans and collect fine from violators of traffic rules.
The machine can transfer the amount from the violators' bank accounts to the account of the Mysuru city police.
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The device also provides complete i nformation about vehicle owners and the instances of traffic rules violations by them. It also has an in-built printer to issue challan on the spot. Till now, police were using BlackBerry phones to book traffic rule violators and a few police officers had problem using them owing to their small keypads.
Under its M-Track project, Mysuru police have purchased a few hand-held devices to facilitate traffic police officers in all the five traffic police stations in the city.
Chief minister Siddaramaiah presented two such devices to police inspector Kiran and SI Mamatha at DAR grounds, Jyothinagar, on Saturday.
Home minister G Parameshwara inaugurated the CCTVs installed at 40 locations across the city.
City experiences a record 105.3 mm in 24 hours
Heavy rains that pounded Mysuru city and surrounding areas caught the people, especially motorists, unawares on Thursday evening.
According to sources, the city has received 105.3 mm rainfall on Thursday, highest in the season so far. The rains that continued to pour the whole night left several low-lying areas inundated and trees uprooted at many places.
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The city which takes pride in the restoration of R.K. Narayan’s bungalow, the Devaraja Market and Lansdowne Building, seem to be ignoring other heritage landmarks with no special thrust in their conservation.
The decay of the Krishnaraja Boulevard and its unofficial conversion into a parking lot is a case in point as heritage conservation seems to have taken a back seat in recent years.
R. Chandraprakash of the Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) said that heritage has been ignored in recent years and the MCC should preserve the Krishnaraja Boulevard before it is completely destroyed.
The city’s heritage character stems from more than 200 buildings identified for their local historical and architectural importance, he added.
In addition to over 200 structures, the Mysuru City Corporation has identified 15 roads in the city for their unique character and notified them as stretches along which the building bylaws and plans have to confirm with the architectural buildings in the vicinity.
Roads identified for heritage value
Lalitha Mahal Road: from Zoo Junction to Lalitha Mahal Palace Road
Bengaluru-Nilgiri Road: from Hardinge Circle to Gun House
Albert Victor Road: from K.R. Circle to Hardinge Circle
New Sayyaji Rao Road: from Chamaraja Double Road to K.R. Circle
Radhakrishna Avenue: from MUDA Circle to Vishwamanava Double Road Junction
Jaganmohan Palace Road and surrounding areas
Vinobha Road: from Metropole Circle to Valimki Road
G. Jagadeesh, the new commissioner of the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), said that he will accord priority to retain the city’s ‘cleanest city’ tag and also work to fulfill the different criteria by the Union government to include the city under the ‘Smart City Mission’.
Talking to The Hindu, after taking charge, Mr. Jagadeesh said that he had studied the shortcomings that cost the city a slot in the mission and assured of discussing the matter with the officials of the civic body.
Some of the criteria include service levels, like an operational online grievance redressal system, self-financing, publication of monthly e-newsletter, among others, he said.
With his appointment just ahead of the annual Dasara festival, the commissioner said that he wanted to provide all the basic amenities to citizens as well as tourists.
He also said that he would streamline the collection and disposal of garbage in the city.
He had served as Assistant Commissioner of Savanuru and Sirsi, and also as the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Haveri.
He was the Deputy Secretary of Urban Development department from 2013 to 2015 before he was posted as private secretary to the Forest Minister.
M. Mahesh, commissioner of Mysuru Urban Development Authority, who was hitherto holding the additional charge of Commissioner of MCC, handed over the charge to Mr. Jagadeesh.