Mysore Corporation building and the evolution of the old civic body- a brief note

Mysuru city corporation bldg.

Mysuru city corporation

Mysuru city corporation

For  the  Mysore City Corporation as it was then called  Nagara sabhe, there arose a necessity to have their own building with all various departments under one roof. The  building came up  with  one floor, arched entrances, windows, high ceiling, four domed towers at corners and two domed tall towers with mini towers  in the facade. It  was constructed during the reign of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar. The foundation was laid in 1921. What is quite interesting is it does not look like a public office building, rather a palatial palace. Spacious frontage has given the building a majestic look. The architecture shows strong elements of Indo Saracenic style which was made famous  by british architect Robert Chisholm and others line Irwin. The combination of domed towers similar to chhatries of Rajasthan and the arched windows and entrances (European features) impart a unique look to the structure.

100 vintage image.Mysuru city corporation bldg.
Among the Indian cities, Myrusu, a declared heritage city, the second largest city of Karnataka,  is one of the important tourist destinations. Famous for several heritage buildings, old palaces, the annual Dussehra festivities,etc it is the cultural center of Karnataka. The other attractions like the Krishnaraja Sagara Dam, Srirangapatna and Shivanasamudra Falls bring in lots of tourists year round enjoy the historical places and the beauty of the nearby places.  During the Navratri the city becomes more vibrant than ever before and the festivities are partly funded by the state government for promotion of tourism.      

Since its inception  Mysore Municipal Corporation has been responsible for the overall development and maintenance of the city providing various facilities and services. As there there are so many heritage structures here and lots of tourists flock to the city, today MCC has made a mark as a well abled administrative  body.

The Mysuru City Corporation with 65 wards with each one having separate officials, recorded the highest property tax collection of ₹133.5 crore in Karnataka in 2021-2022 and this feat was achieved when the Covid-19 threat was not yet over. Yet another plus is since 2018, the MCC has advocated cashless administration in every aspect.   A part of the century-old heritage building - Devaraja market in the city centre collapsed in the past due to a lack of maintenance. This market site  is set aside for restoration and conservation at a budget of ₹70 crore.  The proposal was sent to the State Government  for approval. Upon consent and MCC would go head with the project as the  members of the Heritage Committee gave  it permission to rebuild the market.  According to the state govt. that restoration of 129-year-old Lansdowne Building and 137-year-old Devaraja Market in Mysuru will be taken up only after the receipt of report from the Special Heritage Committee as well as final orders of Karnataka High Court.

The present Mysuru City Corporation was evolved from what was then called  nagara sabhe ( town municipality) roughly 160 years ago in response to  the order passed by  the Government of India  1861.This order  covered  all states and provinces to form nagara sabhe. On July 8, 1862  Nagara Sabhe came into being. It was headed  by the district magistrate (now deputy commissioner) till 1892. However since 1870 it had  become an autonomous body with  several responsibilities delegated to it by the government.

 There were 21 elected members, including nine government  nominees.  The government authorized the body to collect house taxes, etc., so literally the civic body ran the various departments including the police and this meant they bore the expenditure.   At last in 1890 the government took over the entire administration including the police department and it gave a big sigh of relief to the civic body.