Move to demolish market opposed

Move to demolish market opposed

The vendors in Malleswaram market staged a protest against efforts to evict them and demolish the 50-year-old market building.

The protesters opposed the plan of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to construct a mall and a parking lot at the market place.

“Hundreds of vendors will be displaced if the market is demolished. We will not let that happen at any cost. Moreover there is a parking lot with 16 floors just 1.2 km away from Yeshwantpur market, which is lying unused,” said Lakshman, a vendor.  

The Malleswaram market, spread over 2.75 acres on Sampige Road is worth more than Rs 200 crore. The BDA and BBMP bloated the project cost to Rs 132 crore from Rs 76.3 crore, but without calling fresh tenders. “This is in violation of the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act,” said RTI activist B M Shivakumar.  

Vendors who had met the Governor H R Bhardwaj and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on July 8 expressed disappointment about the lukewarm response of the government regarding the matter.

“We had furnished all documents on Malleswaram market to the Governor and the Chief Minister. But till date, the documents have not been verified and we have not received any response from them,” said K Lakshman, another vendor.

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