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Out with the old:The markets will make way for
Out with the old:The markets will make way for

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Two heritage markets will soon slip into oblivion with a delegation from the Mysore City Corporation favouring their demolition to make way for the construction of two-storeyed market complexes with basement parking.

The delegation consisting of Mayor Sandesh Swamy, corporation Commissioner K.S. Raykar and councillors inspected the markets — Vani Vilas Market at Agrahara Circle and Mandi Market in Mandi Mohalla — on Tuesday.

The shops in a “dilapidated condition” inside the century-old Devaraja Market, which is a bone of contention with regard to restoration plans, may also be razed without touching the heritage building.

Shops and parking will be provided in their place.

Mr. Swamy told The Hindu that the proposals would be sent to the standing committees for approval and later to the Council for final approval.

“It is very clear that the heritage image of Devaraja Market will be protected at all cost. Retaining the original structure of the market, the shops inside the market will be razed. All care will be taken to prevent any harm to the original structure,” he said.

The Mayor said that as far as the Mandi and Vani Vilas markets were concerned, there was no option but to bring them down since they were in a “weak condition”.

Restoration

There are also plans to restore the Landsdowne Building, which is regarded as a heritage structure.

“It belongs to the corporation and we have plans of restoring the structure to its original glory,” the Mayor said.

Mr. Swamy said that the Chikka Gadiyara Circle in front of Devaraja Market would be beautified and cultural programmes would be conducted there on weekends.

Steps would also be taken to clear encroachments on pavements in front of shops owned by the corporation.

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