By Tsering Wangyal
Mysuru: Mysore Dasara is one of the most popular festivals in India, and it is known for its grand processions, colourful lights and cultural performances.
However, on the flip side the festival also brings with it a significant amount of traffic congestion. One of the main reasons for the heavy traffic during Dasara is the large number of people who visit Mysore to celebrate the festival.
With a day left for Jamboo Savari on Tuesday, the grand finale of Dasara, a large number of people are flocking the city. This influx of people puts a strain on the city’s infrastructure, including its roads.
Another reason for the heavy traffic is the fact that many of the Dasara events take place in the city centre surrounding Mysore Palace. Apart from the cultural programmes at Palace, the cultural programmes are also organised at Chikkagadiyara (Small Clock Tower) near Devaraja Market, Jaganmohan Palace, while flower show is arranged at Kuppanna Park near Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Circle and Dasara Exhibition at the grounds opposite Jayamarthanda Gate of the palace, that attract tourists in hordes.
This means that a large number of people are concentrated in a relatively small area. This leads to traffic jams, especially during peak hours, with illuminated Mysuru city in the evening turning into another major attraction.
The Mysuru traffic police have taken several steps to manage the heavy traffic, by deploying additional traffic police personnel and implement traffic diversions to ease congestion.
Apart from the conventional mode, Police are also using social media to keep the public informed about the traffic situation and advice them on alternative routes by putting up sign boards on the roads including the highways connecting the city from Nanjangud side, Bengaluru, Hunsur and Madikeri and HD Kote road.
Despite traffic congestion, Dasara remains a popular festival for both locals and tourists alike. The festival is a celebration of Mysore’s rich culture and heritage, and it is a must-see for anyone visiting the city during this time of the year. However, the cooperation of the public is essential to ensure a smooth and safe festival for all.
– Team Mysoorunews