Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna, MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath and MCC officers inspected the makeover works of Devaraja Market on Thursday.
The 100-year-old Devaraja Market, is being renovated at an estimated cost of Rs 9 crore from the Chief Minister’s special grant of Rs 100 Crore in February. Speaking to reporters after inspecting the restoration work, Mayor B L Bhyrappa said, “The 100-year-old heritage Devaraja Market built by the Maharaja of Mysuru is one of the prominent markets in Mysuru and it required a restoration work as there were damages in the building owing to poor maintenance. With the grant released by the Chief Minister, the conservation and restoration work was started a few months back. The first phase of work is progressing smoothly and the overall restoration work would be finished by December 2017.”
MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath said, “The contract for the Devaraja Market restoration work has been given to a Mumbai-based Savani Construction Company and we will be closely supervising it. In the Rs 9 crore fund released, Rs four crores would be used for the restoration of the building and the remaining Rs 5 crore would be used for civil works that include electrification, new standalone toilets at a few places, proper water connection, flooring and others works.”
“The market is home to about over 820 vendors and the restoration work is being taken in phases for the benefit of the vendors and during the restoration work they need to cooperate and stop their operations for a few days,” he added. Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna, President of Devaraja Market Vendors Association Mahadev and others were present.