Two days after a portion of the century-old Devaraja Market building collapsed, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inspected the spot and said that a decision on the renovation work would be taken based on opinions from an expert committee.
On Tuesday morning, Siddaramaiah, who visited and inspected the heritage Devaraja Market, said, “It is sad to know that the century-old market which was one of the major attractions in the city collapsed. I have gathered basic information from the authorities. Any decision pertaining to renovate or rebuild of Devaraja Market would be taken based on the advice given by the expert team.”
Sources said that the district administration have approached a team of experts from IIT Chennai and Bengaluru which is expected to visit the spot to assess the damage. The team would submit a report and suggest whether to build new structure, instead of renovating the old one or renovate the same to preserve the heritage value.
Earlier, before visiting the Devaraja Market, Siddaramaiah also inspected the Lansdowne building where the restoration works on the building got stalled immediately after the incident at Devaraja Market.
Even after two days of the incident, MCC employees were still seen clearing the debris from the Devaraja Market with the help of Abhaya team (the Rapid action team of MCC).
Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Tanveer Sait, MLAs M K Somashekhar, Vasu, DC Randeep, MUDA commissioner Dr M Mahesh, MCC officials and others were present.
Before inspecting the Lansdowne building, Chief Minister received grievances and petitions from the public at the Janatha darshan at his residence in Ramarishnanagar.
Speaking about the water dispute with Tamil Nadu, Siddaramaiah said, “Tamil Nadu is asking for 50 tmc of water for irrigation purpose, but at present, the reservoirs have a less storage of water and around 40 tmc of water is required to meet drinking water needs in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mandya districts and hence it is not possible to release water to TN. The situation will be brought to the notice of the Supreme Court soon.”