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Exchanging views: Minister for Energy K.S. Eshwarappa addressing a meeting of traders and businessmen convened in Shimoga on Tuesday.
Exchanging views: Minister for Energy K.S. Eshwarappa addressing a meeting of traders and businessmen convened in Shimoga on Tuesday.

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Minister allays fears of business community in the city

Electric poles along the BH Road will be removed

Ultramodern shopping mall to come up in place

of Shivappa Nayak Market

SHIMOGA: Minister for Energy and local MLA K.S. Eshwarappa said here on Tuesday that there would be no more demolition of shops or complexes in Shimoga city.

Allaying fears of business community following rumours that a few more roads here will be widened by demolishing shops and other structures, he said that demolition of shops and other business establishments on the BH Road between the Tunga bridge and the bus stand at Ashok Circle, and at the 50-year-old Shivappa Nayak Market had to be taken up for the convenience of the public, in accordance with a decision taken by the Shimoga City Municipal Council (CMC).

The Minister said that he held discussion with representatives of the BH Road Shop Owners’ Association, Shivappa Nayak Market Shopkeepers’ Association, Shimoga District Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Shimoga District Industries’ Association here on Tuesday on the mode of the payment of compensation to those who had lost their property owing to the widening of BH Road.

He said that it was decided to pay the compensation according to the present market value of the property. Five special teams, comprising of officials of the departments of Revenue and Public Works and representatives of the shop owners’ associations, Shimoga District Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Shimoga District Industries’ Association, would finalise the compensation amount after going into various factors.

Electric poles along the BH Road would be removed and electricity cables would be laid under the ground along with drinking water pipes and drainage pipelines to make the road obstruction free, he said.

Vendors of vegetables, fruits and flowers, who were evicted from Shivappa Nayak Market before it was demolished, were being temporarily accommodated on the premises of the old tahsildar’s office. Those who had shops in the market would be re-allotted shops after it was developed into an ultramodern shopping mall on a priority basis, Mr. Eshwarappa said.

All problems relating to the widening of the BH Road and demolition of the market would be sorted out at a meeting of the Chief Minister with representatives of the shop owners’ associations and officers of district administration, MESCOM, Veterinary Services and the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board to be convened in Bangalore on Thursday.

President of the CMC M. Shankar said that 133 shops from the Shivappa Nayak Market would be shifted to the premises of the old tahsildar’s office.

A multi-storeyed market building would be constructed on develop, build, operate, lease and transfer-basis on four acres land after acquiring the adjacent land belonging to the Department of Animal Husbandry and the District Industries Centre, he said. Mr. Shankar said that the CMC would allot the shops at the market though it would be developed by private agencies.

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