BDA backtracks on Malleswaram market project

A view of the market in Malleswaram in Bengaluru.

A view of the market in Malleswaram in Bengaluru.  


But, the BBMP serves eviction notice on 87 shopkeepers indicating its resolve to go ahead

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has served eviction notice to 87 shopkeepers in Malleswaram market. They have been given a weeks’ time to vacate the shops. This comes at a time when the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), which is supposed to develop the market, has effectively backtracked from the project.

Malleswaram market was part of the project to develop four BBMP-owned markets in a joint venture with the BDA. The other markets to be so developed include Jayanagar Shopping Complex, Seshadripuram market, and K.R. Puram Santhe Maidana market. While work is on at the Jayanagar market, the BDA has dropped its plans to develop the Seshadripuram and K.R. Puram Santhe Maidana markets.

It now seems that the plan to develop Malleswaram market is also off track.

BDA Commissioner T. Sham Bhatt said, “We are relooking the joint venture agreements and it is unlikely that we will go ahead with the development of Malleswaram market. We want to concentrate on developing the BDA’s markets than focusing on the BBMP’s markets,” he said.

The BDA now proposes to improve its complexes and markets in R.T. Nagar, Austin Town, and Indiranagar. However, the BDA is yet to take the final call on pulling out of the joint venture. “The decision will be taken by the board soon,” Mr. Bhatt said.

RTI activist B.M. Shivakumar claimed that the ongoing Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe into the BBMP’s multi-crore fake bill scam included the Malleswaram market project, and the BDA was jittery of getting caught in a legal tangle over the project.

Mr. Shivakumar also criticised the BDA for floating the project tenders at almost twice the initial estimate in December 2011.

Notice questioned

Padma N., a shopkeeper, questioned the eviction notice in the light of the BDA backtracking from the project. Another shopkeeper, Chandrashekar, alleged that the builders, BBMP and BDA officials, were in this together were cheating poor shopkeepers. He said that the shopkeepers would not vacate their shops as they fear they will be caught in the crossfire between the agencies.

BBMP Commissioner M. Lakshminarayan claimed he was not aware of the BDA walking out of the joint venture.

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