Food Mela open to connoisseurs

59 stalls are opened at the Ahara mela, with food items at affordable price

All is not well, even under the leadership of the Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.

With Energy minister Shobha Karandlaje inaugurating the Dasara Ahara Mela just before the arrival of district- incharge Minister Ramdas -- though both arrived good 45 min behind the schedule -- the rift was clear enough. While both of them are known for incessant and ever stretched smile on their faces, some events on Wednesday were an exception. Both chose to seal their lips. Smile was a rarity.

Finally when the inauguration was over and both finished their speeches, organisers probably heaved a sigh of relief, and so did the supporters of the ruling party.

In her speech, minister Shobha Karandlaje said Mysore needed monorail and tourism development authority to realise its full potential as a hub of tourism. “Minister Ramdas should take up this cause which was tabled two years ago,” she said.

In his speech, Ramdas said the idea of Tourism Development Authority was an old one and will be executed after some concrete work is done on it. “We will hold meetings regarding this when we are in Bangalore,” he said.

Dasara Food Sub-committee Chairperson and President of Hotel Owners Association, P Rajendra welcomed the gathering and said a special stall to serve Dasara Thali at Rs 30 was also being set up at the mela.

ZP President Suneetha Veerappagowda, ZP CEO Sathyavathy, MLC Thontadarya, Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal, MUDA chairperson Nagendra, Zoo Authority Chairperson Nanjundaswamy and others were present on the occasion.

Aha! Ahara mela!

With about 59 stalls at Ahara Mela that has been organised at CADA premises, many varieties of food items are available at affordable price. The stalls selling veg and meat items have been set up separately. There’s pizza, donne pulav, biryani, chettinad, north and south Canara, Dosas, snacks, ragi porridge, juice, sugar cane juice, rotti, ennegai among others. Some shops are even selling ready-to-fry items and home-made snacks such as chakkuli, kodubale and dry fruits. The prices of few items, are way off the top.

This apart, Punjab Nationla Bank has sponsored free and safe drinking water. On Wednesday, the entertainment in the evening came from beauties of West Bengal. On Thursday, it is the turn of Sindhis to treat the people, with food and entertainment. The mela will be open till October 4, between 1 pm and 9 pm.

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