MUDA presents ` 102.68 lakh surplus budget

MUDA presents ` 102.68 lakh surplus budget

Basic Slew of development projects planned; RKNs house as heritage structure

Commissioner of Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) C G Betsurmath on Saturday tabled surplus budget of Rs 102.68 lakh for the year 2012-13, expecting to generate a revenue of Rs 47,446.03 lakh against the expenditures of Rs 47,337.35 lakh.

vision: Commissioner of MUDA C G Betsurmath reads the budget in Mysore on Saturday. Chairman L Nagendra, members and legislators Tanveer Sait, Sandesh Nagaraj, Narayanswamy, Siddaraju and others are seen. DH Photo

Notable among the slew of developmental works planned for the year are conservation of the house of celebrated English writer R K Narayan at Yadavagiri in the city as a heritage structure at the cost of Rs 220 lakh.

A heritage garden on the lines of Aksharadhama (barring the temple) on 35 acres of land belonging to the authority near the arch gate of Lalita Mahal Palace.

The proposal also includes sound and light, musical fountain, artificial river, battery operated train, I-max theatre, entertainment podium, open air theatre and also yoga hall, food court among other attractions. Another highlight here will be laser show on the lines of Lumbini Garden. A total of Rs 50 lakh has been kept aside to prepare action plan.

An international level cricket stadium at the proposed second stage of Shantaveri Gopalgowda Layout for the benefit of growing tribe of cricket players and enthusiasts. The authority has identified 60 acres of land for the project, besides earmarking Rs 10 lakh to prepare action plan.

For children alone, it has been decided to further develop Balbhavan in Bannimantap, at the estimated cost of Rs 150 lakh. The area spread over 13 acres of land, will also include open air theatre, toy train though a train is already being operated, artificial forest, adventure sports facilities like rock climbing and other requirements.

The torchlight parade ground at Bannimantap, which hosts torchlight parade during world famous Nada Habba Dasara every year will also be further developed to cater to the increasing number of visitors during the event. The seating capacity will be further improved by 30,000 against the existing 22,000 at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh.

Of the total seven welcome arches planned by the district administration to greet visitors to the city during Dasara every year, MUDA will construct one each on Mysore- Bangalore road, and Mysore- Hunsur road. An amount of Rs 30 lakh has been kept aside for the project.

The marriage halls owned by the authority will also be renovated, and new facilities will be added at the cost of Rs 230 lakh. The marriage hall at the second stage of Hebbal will be modernised at the cost of Rs 50 lakh and a convention hall will be constructed on the premises at the cost of Rs 100 lakh.

Another marriage hall at Siddartha Nagar will be renovated at the cost of Rs 40 lakh and a market and office space will be constructed keeping in mind the business potential, at the cost of Rs 40 lakh.

A park named after Rashtrakavi Kuvempu at Gun House circle, which already has a life size statue of the poet laureate, will also be further developed at the cost of Rs 25 lakh.

Chairman of MUDA L Nagendra, legislators and members of the authority Tanveer Sait, Chikkamadu, Sandesh Nagaraj, Narayan Swamy, Siddaraju, K R Mallikarjunappa, Thontadarya, Go Madhusudhan and others were present.