The Davangere Corporation Maligegala Vyaparasthara Sangha has taken exception to the steep hike in rentals of shops in different commercial complexes and it has urged the corporation authorities to withdraw the hike immediately.

Byrappa, president of the sangha, told mediapersons on Thursday that the corporation had earlier fixed a monthly rent of Rs. 500 for each shop in commercial complexes, but it had suddenly enhanced the rent to Rs. 3,500 a month. The State government had issued a direction to the corporation to enhance the rent based on various factors like the advance collected, area and location of the shops, and the prevailing rate of land where the shops were located. Going by these guidelines, the rent for each shop would not exceed Rs. 1.800 a month, he said.

“We are not against a hike but the extent of the hike is not acceptable,” he said. He said that shopkeepers would not pay the rent unless it was reduced to a reasonable level.

Nagabhushan, secretary of the sanghas was present.

Traders have decided to close their shops on Saturday demanding that the government not release water to Tamil Nadu, sacrificing the interests of farmers in Mandya, Mysore and surrounding areas.