Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A tramway for Bangalore back in 1906?

A tramway for Bangalore back in 1906?

Bangalore: Some residents of Bangalore are opposed to the Metro Rail passing through their areas. But did you know that people in Basavanagudi wanted a tramway there way back in 1906?
Did you know the British government announced a monetary reward for those who catch dogs in Bangalore Cantonment? Are you also interested in knowing how much money was spent during the visit of Prince of Wales to Bangalore in 1905? Or, for that matter, Rs 45.80 was the lunch expenses of the Maharaja of Mysore when he stopped for a short while in Maddur in 1904.
All this information and much more is available at the three-day exhibition of manuscripts, historical documents and photographs which opened at the Vidhana Soudha on Wednesday. It’s organized by the department of archives.
The exhibition promises to be a treat for the curious mind. For example, the archives department has a letter from former CM Kengal Hanumanthaiah to senior leader Kadidal Manjappa requesting him to join his cabinet. “You represent one of the most backward areas of the state. I will be pleased to have you in my cabinet. Kindly accept the offer and write a letter indicating your consent,’’ says the letter.
Invaluable documents include the bio data of Sir M Visvesvaraya as well as a copy of the Mysore Maharaja’s letter accepting his resignation.
“We want to show that the department of archives is not just for researchers and academicians,” Kannada and culture secretary I M Vittala Murthy said on Tuesday.


At Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 8:57:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger Morpheus said...

It should be really interesting..archival history reveals so many stories..some of which you have posted here.
bangalore? Trams? why? IS there space left for them?


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