Independence day: Patriotic fervour grips city

 The national flag was unfurled in various offices, colleges, and schools. Autorickshaws, scooters, bikes, cars were adorned with flags bringing a festive atmosphere in the city.

Bike riders

Several youth were seen taking out rallies in the city wishing people on the 64th Independence Day celebrations. Around 19 Royal Enfield bikes from Bulls of Mysore (BOM) stole the show when they took out a rally in the city. BOM distributed books to Om Shanthi, an NGO on the occasion. They proceeded from Sharadadevinagar, Apollo Hospital, Ramaswamy Circle, Gun House, Palace, D D Urs Road, Hunsur Road and K D Road.

Sportive spirit

Having spent the last week arranging functions and deploying security forces for the visiting senior leaders in the city, District Administration officials and police officers relaxed during on I-Day by playing cricket.

A match was held between teams of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Police Commissioner. The DC’s team trounced their opponents by securing a six-wicket win.
PC’s team which bat first scored 25 runs in eight overs. DCP Rajendra Prasad scored the highest for the PC’s team. DC’s team chased the target within six overs.

Railways celebrate

Mysore Division of South Western Railway celebrated the 64th anniversary of India’s independence. B B Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, unfurled the national flag in a colourful ceremony held at the Railway Sports Ground today. Recalling the contribution OF railway men and women Verma mentioned the performance highlights of the Division in the first four months of the current financial year.

The Division’s overall earnings, in the first four months of the current financial year, notwithstanding decreased loading of iron ore, a major component of revenue for the Division, has improved substantially from Rs.204.24 Crores to Rs.232.06 Crores, an incremental growth of 13.62% (up to the end of July 2010).

Ticket checking drives aimed at curbing ticketless travel and help bonafide passengers has registered an impressive 36.77% growth up to end of July 2010 compared to the corresponding period of last year. The penalties realised for various irregularities are Rs.80.47 lakhs.

The punctuality of express and passenger trains in the current year up to July 2010 is 65.04 per cent and 76.4 per cent respectively. The performance of the Division on the safety side, in the first four months of 2010-11, has been satisfactory with a solitary consequential accident, as against five, in the corresponding period of last year.

Mechanised cleaning by professionals has been introduced at Mysore, Arsikere and Shimoga Town Railway stations. Onboard housekeeping has been introduced in long distance trains originating at Mysore including Swarnajayanthi express to Nizamuddin (New Delhi) and Ajmer express.


Onboard audio-video infotainment system has been introduced on Mysore-Bangalore Chamundi express with a view to enhancing the travel experience of passengers. In order to give better safety, security to passengers and instill confidence among the commuters, the Division has provided 18 CCTV cameras on platforms at Mysore Railway Station.

Security plan

An integrated security plan comprising video surveillance with Internet Protocol-based digital camera at Mysore station at a cost of Rs 6 crores is on the anvil. “RPF Mitra Yojna” has been introduced to encourage community policy for railway security through public participation with an objective to involve passengers for prevention and detection of crime.

 Armed RPF men are escorting six pairs of important mail/express trains over Mysore Division. As a measure to conserve energy 9000 CFLs was distributed free of cost to employees who are in occupation of Railway quarters.

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