Owing to the fact that the new Chief Minister of the State, Siddaramaiah will stay in the government guest house in the city, which is now being readied to provide accommodation during his visits to the city.
During his tenure as the opposition leader, Siddaramaiah had preferred to stay at his residence in T K Layout.
Supporters and party workers would throng his residence from early morning during his visits to the city. Since, a lot of supporters and well-wishers are expected at his residence, sources said that a decision has been taken to arrange for the Chief Minister’s stay at the government guest house.
Officials also opine that protocol demands the Chief Minister to stay at the government guest house, during his visits to Mysore.
Two centuries old
The government guest house in the city is 200 years old. In a period between 1803-07, John Malcom, a British officer was residing at the guest house. Several other officials of the British East India Company had also resided at the guest house.
Following India’s Independence, the guest house was transformed into Government Guest House.
The house has 11 rooms and four cottages. First and second rooms of the house is called as ‘Governor’s Suite’ and is reserved for VIP’s and high profile guests.
The remaining rooms and cottages are allotted to the officials who accompany the VIP’s. Former prime ministers, governors and chief minister’s have resided at the guest house in the past.
The Guest House is being managed by the Public Works Department.
Governor H R Bhardwaj had expressed dissatisfaction about the guest house when he had stayed there during his visits to Mysore.
About Rs 50 lakh had been released to renovate the guest house, after an inspection. Renovation was earlier carried out in two stages.
For renovation of interiors and exteriors of the guest house, sources in Public Works Department said that tender worth Rs one crore has been called.
“Though there is no official word on the CM”s stay at the guest house, the Government Guest House is still being readied for the CM’s stay,” said Superintendent of the Guest House, Vibuthi.