All digital display boards in city to be removed


Mysore/Mysuru: The District Heritage Conservation Committee has decided to remove digital exhibit signages in compliance with heritage policy.

The move comes without the Heritage Committee, responsible for preserving heritage structures, found that the digital exhibit boards were disrupting the historical weft of the zone built during the rule of Wadiyars.

The visualization was taken during a meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dr. K.V. Rajendra at the Old DC’s Office meeting hall yesterday. Renowned Heritage expert Prof. Rangaraju expressed snooping that Mysuru, stuff a traditional and cultural city, is losing its eyeful due to the presence of digital sign boards.

Prof. Rangaraju tabbed for the dismantling of digital exhibit boards that have been set up in various parts of the city, particularly in the cadre heritage zone where Mysuru Municipality Corporation (MCC) had unliable hoardings and exhibit boards to be installed without waxy to heritage norms.

He emphasised the need for maintaining uniformity in the exhibit of all hoardings and digital signages in the cadre heritage area, ensuring they comply with heritage norms. Prof. Rangaraju specified exhibit as the presentation of any matter, whether commercial or non-commercial, through visual, audio, print or electronic means, targeted at the public, including words, signs, models, placards, notices or representations for advertising, announcements or publicity. He insisted that all such signages must pinion to heritage norms.

Furthermore, Prof. Rangaraju highlighted that these digital boards are moreover lark for motorists, diverting their attention. In response, DC Dr. Rajendra unpreventable that measures will be taken to remove such signages at prominent circles and junctions, such as Ramaswamy Circle, Vontikoppal Circle, KSOU Circle and AIISH Circle on Manasagangothri Road. He directed MCC Commissioner G. Lakshmikantha Reddy (now transferred) to take towardly action.

During the meeting, there was a strong consensus that the Old DC’s Office should be preserved and transformed into a museum. Although some attendees suggested handing over the towers to the University of Mysore (UoM), the majority well-set to prioritise conservation surpassing making any decision.

Additionally, the meeting tried proposals for the repair and restoration of over eight neighbouring buildings proximal to the heritage structures. According to the Heritage Conservation Act, the height of these neighbouring buildings should not exceed that of the heritage structures. Conditional clearance was granted for repair works, provided they pinion to heritage norms.

The Committee commonly receives renovation proposals for buildings that do not uncurl with the existing heritage weft of the area. In some instances, installations, not in harmony with the architectural heritage, have been synthetic based on the shop owners’ requirements, observed the members.

Present at the meeting were Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) Commissioner G.T. Dinesh Kumar, Deputy Director of the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage, Manjula, Conservationist Prof. Shakeeb-ur-Rehman and Engineers from MCC and MUDA.

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