Visitors to Mysuru Palace to be photographed

Visitors to Mysuru Palace to be photographed

Following the illegal photo-shoot that was reported in Amba Vilas Palace, Mysuru, recently, Palace Board authorities have decided to photograph every visitor to the Palace and introduce a pre-approved ‘pass’ system for VIPs.

Speaking to reporters, here on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner and Palace Board Executive Director C Shikha said that the authorities had decided to beef up security and also to photograph every visitor, including VIP movement at the Palace premises. She said that herself and City Police Commissioner B Dayananda held a meeting with the Palace Board staffers on Friday and came up with certain initiatives to ensure security at the Palace.

“At present, 109 CCTV cameras and 12 audio zones are functioning inside the Palace.Measures have been taken to maintain these cameras in good condition and messages about ‘Dos and don'ts’ will be given to visitors through audio centres.

Additional metal detectors, instruments and software that ensures security and detect illegal movement will be put in place. In addition, 20 home guards will be posted and the number of housekeeping workers will be increased by 25%.

At present, tickets are being issued at two counters only and they get overcrowded during seasons. Hence, it has been decided to open  additional two counters along with more number of baggage counters, she added.

When asked about the investigation into the photo-shoot case, the deputy commissioner said that a report had been sent to the chief secretary, who is also the chairperson of the Mysuru Palace Board, last Saturday. The Board has not yet received any direction from the higher-ups in this regard and the investigation is on.

It can be recalled that B N Adithya and Navyatha, a couple, had posed for pre-wedding photo shoot inside the Durbar Hall and the kalyana mantapa of the Palace in February. The incident came to light in May after a Hyderabad-based photographer Venkatesh made the photos public on social media.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) H T Shekar, who is probing the case, said that the investigation was would be completed soon.
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