Mysuru: The committee which was formed to study the century old Devaraja Market and Lansdowne Building in the city recommended bulldozing the entire Devaraja Market building and rebuilding the market. The committee recommended renovating the Lansdowne building.
After a portion of the century old Devaraja Market collapsed, MCC had formed a committee to study the possibilities of retaining or reconstructing the market. The committee led by Srinivas Murthy, Syed Shakib Ur Rehaman, B K Suresh Babu and R Jagadish visited the spot and collected the samples of the market building and analysed it in the SJCE laboratory. After going through in detail, they have recommended the Corporation to reconstruct the entire building instead of taking up repair or renovation works. In its 30-page report, the committee suggested that the roof of the market has become very weak and neither the basement is strong.
Speaking to media persons BL Bhyrappa, Mayor, Mysuru City Corporation said, “The entire market is recommended to be razed. Building a new market on the same site retaining the heritage value of the market is recommended. The construction of the new market requires Rs 9 crore while for renovation of the Lansdowne building it requires Rs 2.5crore. The report will be submitted to the state government and will request to release the money for the construction and renovation of the building”.
Even as the renovation work was under way, the north portion of the market collapsed. The market was constructed during the regime of Chamaraja Wadiyar.
Deputy Mayor Vanita Prasanna and MCC Commissioner G Jagadeesha were present.