For Dasara, S R Road traders plan artistic name boards

 For Dasara, Sayyaji Rao Road, an integral part of jamboo savari will be wearing an uniform, yet artistic look. The traders on the stretch have decided to display uniform name boards with a touch of art for the nine-day period.

This was informed by Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, also the Dasara Special Officer, to the Additional Chief Secretary, Arvind Jadhav here on Thursday.

Shikha told Jadhav (who holds the additional charge as principal secretary to the Tourism department) that a preliminary meeting with various traders having their businesses on the road have been held. The road forms a five km long Jamboo Savari route.

Shikha also informed the visiting officer that measures would be taken to announce the list of programmes in advance on the Dasara website, and brochures would also be made available at hotels and lodges in the interest of visitors.

Earlier in the meeting, Jadhav asked the stakeholders of the city to ensure that the festival remained tourist friendly, without compromising on the beauty of the city. He said, measures have been taken to publicise Dasara in various parts of the country.

Taking cognisance of the complaints of hotels fleecing tourists in the name of rent, he instructed the hoteliers to announce the rent charged for accommodation at the beginning of the festival and maintain the same till its end.

Karnataka State Transport Corporation should give impetus to encouraging public transport by introducing passenger friendly programmes. The passes issued for 15 days should be brought down to five days for Dasara, and have it made available at all the hotels.

Mobile and temporary toilet facilities have to be created at the places of tourist interest. Golden Chariot train should be stopped at the railway station to facilitate Dasara visitors.
Jadhav promised to discuss the demand for extending waiving of entry tax on tourist vehicles during Dasara, for the neighbouring districts too.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of various industries, hotels, tour operators, transport and others.

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