'Float tenders for allotting shops'

The High Court of Karnataka on Friday directed the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike to adopt tender system for allotting shops in KR Market.

Justice L Narayana Swamy passed the order after dismissing the petition filed by B L Srinivas, who ran a shop at the KR Market and had sought allotment of the neighbouring shop. During the hearing, the court questioned the BBMP counsel on the procedure followed to allot shops.

The counsel said that they follow the direct allotment system, without calling any tender. He submitted that the shops have been owned by the shopkeepers for over 30 years and that the lease gets renewed every year without any tendering. 

Justice Swamy directed the BBMP to call for tenders and allot the shops for five years. At the end of the fifth year, the Palike will have to issue a public notice calling for fresh tenders. 

The court also said that reservation should be provided for SC/STs, minorities, unemployed and physically challenged in allotment.

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