Home Minister inspects collapsed Devaraja Market

Home Minister G Parameshwar, who was in the city to attend the birth Centenary celebrations of Dr Shivarathri Rajendra Swamiji at Suttur, visited Devaraja Market- a portion of which collapsed on Sunday evening.

During the visit, the minister called for its complete demolition and rebuilding.  “Devaraja Market, being a heritage building in the city, was under a conservation exercise at a cost of nearly Rs 9 crore. But now, we are thinking to stop the renovation work following the collapse. The conservation of the building will be of no effect at this point of time and  it should be  demolished and rebuilt.”

A group of technical experts headed by Mayor B L Bhyrappa, MUDA Commissioner M Mahesh and Heritage department experts have been asked to study the structure and submit a report within a week. For time being, the movement of public and traders has been restricted until an expert committee submits a report on its structural stability.

The Congress office at Devaraja market will also be shifted soon following the incident.

As a result,  Dhanvanthri Road has been closed for traffic and the police department has made alternate arrangement for movement of the traffic. On Monday morning, the authorities of MCC began the demolition work.

Bhyrappa has said the structure was delicate, lacked strength and hence he would press for its demolition and oppose the continuation of the present conservation exercise.

DC D Randeep also visited the spot and took stock of the situation.

The collapse of a portion of the 132-year-old Devaraja Market is the second such incident in the last four years and rekindled the memories surrounding the collapse of the Lansdowne Building. It was in August 2012 that a portion of the Lansdowne Building – around 125- years-old – collapsed, killing four persons.

The structure had suffered four major fires in the last couple of decades while adhoc repairs and constructions were carried by the tenants.

MCC comes in for flak: The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) drew flak for its delayed actions. Public who were at the spot expressed that it is a miracle that no causalities have been reported, if this had happened during Dasara which is round the corner, this would have been a big disaster as Sayyaji Rao road one of the main routes Dasara procession.

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