Palace impresses ADB official

Jolly ride: Executive Director of ADB Phil Bowen on a buggy at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, in Mysore on Saturday. He was on a private visit to the city. DH photo

As part of his official visit to the state, the Executive Director of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Phil Bowen visited the city of palaces and was awestruck with the majestic Mysore Palace.

Bowen, who was on a private visit to city along with his wife Julie also visited the Amba Vilas Palace, the Unique Identification Card Registration unit, the Aadhaar centre at Town hall and Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens at Nazarbad.

The Mysore City Corporation Commissioner, K S Raykar received Phil Bowen, one among the top officials of the ADB at the Palace.

He was accompanied by Joseph Mariraj, Assistant General Manager of Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC). Bowen who spent more than 45 minutes inside the palace, told reporters that he was inspired by the architecture.

“I am just speechless for the beauty and grandeur of the Palace. It is an awe-inspiring structure,” he told reporters outside Palace.

Aadhaar Centre

Later, the ADB official visited the Aadhaar centre at Town Hall to have first hand experience of the UID project. Bowen couple visited the Mysore zoo and was impressed with it’s maintenance.

Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta hosted a luncheon to the couple at Hotel Lalithamahal Palace.

However, he remained tight lipped on the ADB projects.

He had a series of appointments fixed with the top officials of the state government, including Chief Secretary in Bangalore S V Ranganath to review the progress of the projects implemented under the ADB assisted programmes in the State.

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