By August next, Kallahalli, the native place of former chief minister D Devaraj Urs in Hunsur taluk of the district, will be developed into a model village. The State government has made this commitment to mark the birth centenary of Urs.
Presiding over a preliminary meeting of the birth centenary celebrations, scheduled to be launched on August 20 at the Open Air Theatre, Manasagangotri, Revenue and District in-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad said, “By August 20, 2016, Kallahalli will be improved with roads, drinking water and other basic amenities. The ancestral house of Urs will be conserved and restored during the year. The blue print is ready to carry out the works”.
The minister directed the officials to leave no stone unturned in organising the programme, by setting it a model for other states.
He instructed the officials — irrespective of departments — to actively take part in the preparatory works.
The delegates for the programme should be invited as per protocol. It is important to ensure a chaos-free programme, for it would be the third in a series to be hosted at the same venue (Open Air Theatre) after the centenary celebrations of the University of Mysore and City Central Library, the minister added.
On the day’s schedule, Prasad Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will formally inaugurate the programme at the Open Air Theatre after visiting Kallahalli. The chief minister will offer his respects at ‘Punyabhoomi’ (where the mortal remains of Urs have been cremated), followed by the announcement of the government’s decision to adopt Kallahalli and develop it as a model village. Foundation stone will be laid for Devaraj Urs Bhavan in Hunsur town on the day.At the programme venue in Mysuru, artistes from music composer Hamsalekha troupe will present a dance ballet, followed by the launch of a logo, distribution of an award in the name of Urs, he added.
Appeal for participation
Cooperation Minister H S Mahadev Prasad appealed to the people, especially fans and followers of Urs from Hunsur, K R Nagar and Periyapatna taluks to take part in the programme in large numbers.
Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, Mayor R Lingappa, Zilla Panchayat President Pushpa Amarnath, Muda Chairman K R Mohan Kumar, Karnataka Exhibition Authority Chairman R Murthy, MLAs Vasu and H P Manjunath, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer P A Gopal and other officials attended the meeting.
DH News Service