MCC directed to chalk out plan for restoring Devaraja Market

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The Mysore City Corporation has been directed to chalk out a master plan for the phased development and restoration of the dilapidated Devaraja Market. The roof of a portion of the heritage structure recently caved in after the recent heavy rain in the city.

The direction came from the Minister of State for Labour and in charge of the district Tanveer Sait. Mr. Sait attended a meeting of traders at the century-old market and officials of the corporation. The meeting was convened to discuss the future of the market following pleas from traders to save the structure.

The Minister has directed Corporation Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim to finalise a list of traders who are occupying shops in the market. He said that this will enable the authorities to enter into an agreement with them to vacate the premises before restoration work can be taken up.

On the other hand, the Devaraja Market Traders' Association has been asked to submit its response to proposals discussed at the meeting by November 26. Legal Advisor to the association Venugopal told The Hindu that the traders have been given time till November 26 to respond to the suggestions, and that they will be holding a meeting to discuss the issue on Tuesday.

Earlier, representatives of the association, led by president Mahadevu, sought an alternative place for carrying on trading when restoration work on the market building is taken up. They also demanded that the work be taken up in a phased manner and sought a written promise from the corporation that it will return the shops to the owners once restoration work is completed. Mr. Tanveer Sait also informed the traders that they may have to share the cost of restoration.

Mayor Bharathi, Heritage Commissioner Tripati, MLC. D. Made Gowda, and traders' representatives participated.