mysuru: Budget draws mixed reactions from industry and stakeholders | Mysore News

Mysuru: In a big boost to economic activities in Mysuru district, Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Friday announced a series of projects including Mysuru airport runway expansion and the rail project at Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai high-speed train, which will help the city secure investment in the information technology and IT services sector.
One of the sectors that has received more attention in the budget is the tourism sector which is considered to be the backbone of Mysuru’s economy. One of the main demands of the tourism sector of the ancient Mysuru region was the establishment of a tourist circuit including the spots of this region, which has now been approved. The CM announced the establishment of the Mysuru-Srirangapattana-Hassan-Belur-Halebidu tourist circuit.
The CM also announced that Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) will be adopted at Mysuru Palace on a pilot basis, which will help the tourism sector.
Chairman of the Federation of Organizations and Associations of Mysuru, Prashant B, said it was a good budget for the tourism sector. “All our requests have been mentioned in the budget. One of the projects missing from the budget is a film city,” he said. “Financial support for tour guides is also a good proposition as they are the most affected by the pandemic,” he said.
The CM announced funds to undertake the renovation of KR Hospital, which is one of the largest hospitals in the state. It can be recalled that Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute will celebrate its centenary in 2023-24. It is the first medical school in the state. However, the crumbling infrastructure is the biggest challenge facing students and patients. CM has announced that the renovation of KR Hospital buildings will be undertaken at a cost of Rs 89 crore over the next three years.
He has also extended his support to the agarbatti industry, which is one of the biggest job providers in the city.
Other major projects announced for Mysuru include hostels for Scheduled Caste, Tribal and Scheduled Minority working women, multi-storey hostel complexes each with a capacity of 1,000 called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sauharda Vidhyarthi Nilaya , among others.
Push for IT and ITES activities
In his budget speech, CM also focused on creating job and investment opportunities in the IT and ITES sector. Major announcements include ‘Beyond Bengaluru Cluster Seed Fund for Start-ups’ at a cost of Rs 20 crore, the taking of the Global Technology Center and sports facilities at Karnataka State Open University at a cost of Rs 30 crore over a period of two years.
A special grant has been offered to Shaktidhama which is run by the family of iconic actor Rajkumar.
“Old wine in a new bottle”
Mysuru Industries Association (MIA) Chairman Vasu said the budget has brought great disappointment to the Mysuru region. “There are only proposals made in the budget. No budget allocation was made. With the exception of four projects, this budget is like old wine in a new bottle,” he said.
The Principal of Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Sadashivegowda said that in this budget, importance and top priority has been given to the education sector. “This budget contains many innovative proposals such as upgrading seven engineering colleges into Karnataka Institute of Technology as NIT. appreciable because it would be a moral boost for rural students and it will help them to compete with urban students,” he said.
cable car finds mention
The controversial Chamundi Hills cable car also found a mention in the budget. CM informed that a proposal will be sent under the central government’s Parvatamala program for the construction of a cable car to Chamundi Betta from Mysuru.
Remember that the project has been under discussion since 2012. Tourism stakeholders have supported the proposal, while the greens and the faithful have opposed it.
“This project is certainly not necessary. This will cause huge damage to the eco-sensitive hills of Chamundi. Nobody claims it. Yet it is taxed,” said Clean Mysore Foundation Treasurer Venkatesh Kharidi.
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