Bureaucratic apathy may cost Mysuru its heritage city tag

Bureaucratic apathy may cost Mysuru its heritage city tag

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-09-01 10:07 Mysuru: The sheer apathy of the government officials in Mysuru might deny the city its most celebrated tag, heritage city. For, majority of the heritage structures in the city are being demolished, without having an alternative plan to give a face-lift to it.Heritage experts had identified as many as 365 buildings in 2011-12. Of which, the government officially declared 201 buildings as heritage treasures. But in the last five years, at least 60 buildings have been either demolished or collapsed due to ill-maintenance.Yet, the department concerned has not chalked out any measure to conserve to conserve these buildings. “The department lacks manpower. Keyposts in the heritage and archaeology department are lying vacant since many years,” says an officer, who did not want to be named.In the absence of resources, a heritage committee was set up to restore these buildings. Even the master plan suggested by the committee is lying in back burner, for reasons best known to the officials.Heritage building experts committee member Echanuru Kumar decried that unless the government infuses some life in the department, the city might lose its heritage strcutures, soon.“There are several heritage buildings in Ramanuja Road, Agrahara, Ramavilas Road, KT Street, Sayyaji Road Road but they are being demolished. With no permanent officers in the department, we are but helpless to save these structures,” he added.It’s time the city corporation takes up these heritage structures. At least, the civic body will do some justice, observe many here.“Heritage conservation and awareness should go beyond heritage walks. The authorities need to take concrete measures to save these beauties of the city than just being rhetoric,” says Raghavendra, who actively participates in heritage walk every year.Meanwhile, questions are being raised on the safety of these buildings that dot the dasara procession. There are 23 heritage buildings on the five kilometre stretch of Dasara procession that are in a very dilapidated condition.According to the heritage expert committee members Freemasons club (1894), Bojaiah and Shankar Shetty (1920), Cava (1913), CADA (1921) structures are not in a good condition and might pose a threat for the people trying to catch glimpse of Dasara procession on the stretch.Experts have urged the officials to prevent people from climbing up these structures and take up restoration work, soon.Heritage Department in-charge Commissioner Gavi Siddaiah told Bfirst.in that departments concernted have been directed to maintain and refurbish the heritage buildings.