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Flower merchants want encroachments removed

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Association threatens to move court if issue is not resolved

PROTEST:Members of the Flower Merchants' Association of SKR Market, who staged a protest in Bangalore on Monday, have accused the BBMP of permitting illegal constructions at the market.— PHOTO: ANANTH SHREYAS
PROTEST:Members of the Flower Merchants' Association of SKR Market, who staged a protest in Bangalore on Monday, have accused the BBMP of permitting illegal constructions at the market.— PHOTO: ANANTH SHREYAS

A large number of people gathered in the flower section of Sri Krishna Rajendra Market here on Monday to protest against what they said was illegal construction and allotment of shops within the heritage structure.

The protest was organised by the market's Flower Merchants' Association, which had called for a partial shutdown of around 300 flower shops from noon to 2 p.m.

The shop owners held placards and raised slogans against the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for allegedly permitting the illegal constructions.

Illegal shops

Association president Raghu Kumar said that illegal construction of shops had been allowed near the entrances and more than 11 such establishments had come up. He alleged that the BBMP officials were hand-in-glove with vested interests.

“Though the High Court of Karnataka has issued a stay order, even the emergency exits are being blocked. This will only lead to accidents. To prevent this, these illegal constructions must not be allowed and those that have come up must be demolished,” he said.

Seeking government intervention to resolve the issue, the association said that if that doesn't happen, it will move the High Court, besides lodging a complaint with the Lokayukta.

Business was affected with the shops being closed for two hours. B.S. Venugopal, a shop owner, said: “Business will definitely be less today. Due to the heat, the flowers are bound to wilt and the rate will naturally come down.”


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