Mysuru, Jan 02: The City of Palaces is in a festive mood. The best of your contacts might not help you get to a room for the next one week. PM Modi's posters and banners are prominently placed at vantage points. Everyone says: "Modi is coming."
As reported earlier, the PM is scheduled to land today evening with his first engagement being at the Avadhoota Datta Peetham. Only a select few have access to this event.
Later in the day, he will take part in the Centenary Celebrations of Jagadguru Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji of Sri Suttur Math, a public event.
The PM's much-awaited inaugural address for the 103 Indian Science Congress (103ISC) is scheduled at 10 am tomorrow. He is expected to spell out the Science and Technology (S&T) policy of the government.
Mysurians are thrilled to have the PM for three different functions in a span of less than two days and everyone is keen have a glance of him.
"We are thrilled to see the response. The New Year has started on a very positive note for the city. With the University of Mysore (UoM) celebrating its Centenary the city has been in a festive from July onwards. It's a carnival for everyone," says N Niranjan Nikam, Consultant, UoM, Centenary Celebrations.
Manasagangothri, the UoM campus is already wearing a carnival look with delegates and students across India already arriving in the city.
UoM Vice-Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa and his team of organsiers are on their toes sorting the last-minute challenges. Prof Rangappa was seen inspecting every venue late on Friday night.
"It's a historic event for all of us," he said, with onlookers chasing him for a group photographs and selfies.
According to Dr M V Avinash, an Organising Committee member, spot registrations have already begun from January 1. "We are working round-the-clock and have ensured that not a single delegate is left unattended to," he says.
Dr C D Mohan, another Organising Committee member, said that the Nobel Laureates have already started to arrive in the city.
Meanwhile, a state-of-the-art Media Centre has already been set up inside the Manasagangothri campus. The food courts are all warming up with special menus. The delegates will be treated to a host of cultural activities every day.
"The amphitheater looks world-class now. Mysurians couldn't have asked for more," says Sridhar R, a second division clerk with UoM. Sridhar is among thousands of volunteers who are part of the 103ISC.