When the king of a city questions its cleanliness, it is an indication that all is not well! Mysore, which was hailed as the cleanest city among all million plus and capital cities across the country by the Centre, faced such a question after it was turned into a sprawling garbage dump following the iconic celebration of Dussehra festival. The issue came to the fore when the scion of the Mysuru royal family, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, took to the Instagram to berate the offenders. “We cannot take our cleanest city tag seriously when the very icon of our city is treated in this manner,” he said.
The majestic Mysuru Palace, and the four-kilometre route of the elephant procession that is the showpiece event of the Dussehra festival, were turned into a giant trash bin, filled with food waste, empty plastic water bottles, used paper plates and cups, and food packaging. Even the Durbar Hall of the Amba Vilas Palace was not spared.
“When will the people understand that the Palace Durbar Hall is not a theatre. Never has anyone at any point been allowed to consume food at the Durbar hall, let alone throw around their trash like some theatre (Not that we should throw trash around in a theatre),” he questioned. He concluded the post expressing the hope that the “blatant disregard to our most sacred building is not an annual feature.”
The “cleanest city” tag was accorded to Mysore this year. Results are based on the marks scored in respects of the main components of Swachh Bharat Mission, availability of infrastructure and service levels related to sanitation such as individual household toilets, public and community toilets and collection, transportation and processing of municipal solid waste.