Mantri mall comes to life after 40 days

Mantri mall comes to life after 40 days

The Mantri Square mall on Sampige Road in northern Bengaluru’s Malleswaram reopened on Sunday, 40 days after the BBMP had withdrawn its Occupancy Certificate (OC) and forced it to close.

The mall came to life at 10 am, bringing relief to shopkeepers and shoppers alike. The management put up large hoardings and life-size cutout posters to herald the reopening of the mall and draw the public.

The mall was closed on January 16 immediately after a balcony on the third floor gave away, leaving two female housekeepers injured. The BBMP restored the OC on Saturday after an expert committee declared the structure safe.

M B Thippanna, additional director (town planning), BBMP, the convener and member secretary of the committee, said, “The mall is structurally safe and the management has agreed to our conditions such as annual submission of maintenance reports, usage of leak-proof technology, etc. It is up to structural engineers of the mall to follow the instructions and make sure such accidents do not recur.”

Shopaholics and regular customers are happy that the mall has reopened. One of them, Suhas A, said he was thrilled to visit the mall after so many days. An employee of a store, who did not wish to be named, said their business suffered after the mall was closed. “What happened was unfortunate. Right now, we are looking forward to reviving our business,” the person said.

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