Modern planners lack Nalwadi's vision: MLA

Modern planners lack Nalwadi's vision: MLA

Erstwhile ruler had initiated wide roads, UGD system and other works

Even as Mysuru receives crores of rupees every year, development that matches the vision of the erstwhile ruler Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar remains a mirage, bemoaned MLA M K Somashekar.

Addressing the gathering during a seminar on ‘Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar - Life and Achievements,’ held at Government First Grade College, Siddarthanagar here, Somashekar said, “Nalwadi, who is still regarded as a model in the development of old Mysuru city, had initiated wide roads, underground drainage system and also drinking water supplies. Ironically, the works initiated by the local body in the newly developed areas are failing, with frequent repairs being the order of the day. Though emerging technologies aid many projects, there is a failure, hindering planned development of the city.”

“Nalwadi laid a firm foundation for food security in the country, with his notable work on a dam across River Cauvery, known as Krishnaraja Sagar and addressing the needs of farmers in the region. Interestingly, Nalwadi ascended the throne at the age of 10 (while his mother Kempajammanni, popularly known as Vani Vilasa Sannidhana, acted as a regent ruler, till her son attained 18 years),”  Somashekar said.

“Most of the irrigation projects launched during the princely rule were aimed at addressing drought situation in the then Mysuru province. Education and industrial sectors also got their due, while caste-based reservation was introduced in both education and employment to ensure social justice,” he added.

‘Nalwadi stands distinct’

Historian B Sheik Ali said, “Nalwadi stands distinct by laying the foundation for modern Karnataka (the then Mysuru State was later renamed as Karnataka). Nalwadi had earned the appreciation of even Mahatma Gandhi, while he showed exemplary vision by appointing Sir M Visvesvaraya and Sir Mirza Ismail as dewans.”