Mysuru: The Mysuru District Heritage Committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Dr. Bagadi Gautham has decided to demolish the Devaraja Market and Lansdowne Building in order to reconstruct them by retaining their original design, facades and the heritage style.
The decision was taken in the wake of both the buildings bring structurally weak, and would pose threat to public safety. Both the buildings have more than 500 tenants. A case is pending before the High Court as some tenants have appealed against the demolition. Hearing the tenants, the Court had sought the Committee’s opinion.
“Nothing much can be revealed at this stage as the matter is sub-judice and the decision of the Heritage Committee will be conveyed
to the High Court and the Government as the Court has sought the opinion of the Committee. If the High Court accepts the views of the Committee, it will pave the way for the demolition and reconstruction of both the buildings. Some of the members of the Heritage Committee have opposed the demolition and said that the Committee, by deciding on demolition, has just endorsed the decision of the State Government which has already made up its mind to raze both the heritage buildings.
“As the High Court has asked the opinion of the Committee, a formality has been completed, toeing the Government line,” said the members, voicing their dissent. Those members who opposed the demolition highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the All-India Mayors’ Conference at Varanasi in December last year following the inauguration of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham project where he appealed to all Mayors not to demolish heritage buildings. The PM had urged them to rejuvenate heritage structures by infusing new life. However, the majority of the Committee members felt that demolition was the only option.