Portion of fire brigade building collapses; MLA Nagendra blames official apathy

Mysuru, August 10:- A portion of the 122-year-old heritage building, housing the Fire Brigade Station at Saraswathipuram here collapsed on Friday. Fortunately, no casualties were reported. MLA L Nagendra visited the spot on Friday and inspected and participated in clearing work.

He discussed with working engineers of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) and deputy director of Heritage Buildings Department and instructed them to clear the existing building as it may also collapse at any moment. Assistant Commissioner of zonal office 3 of MCC and development officer Sunil took up the clearing work.

“Due to the fight between the Archaeology Department and the Heritage Department, we are losing heritage buildings despite our best efforts. Many buildings are damaged and we tried our best to preserve them, but the officials of the Heritage Department and some committee members are not letting it happen. They inspect the buildings and insist on keeping it as it is. Such disasters are happening because of this, he said.

Nagendra said that a meeting has been arranged at his office at Jaladarshini Guest House to discuss and analyse these issues and take steps on damages caused due to heavy rain. The officials from civic, heritage, municipal corporation, UGD, water board and other departments have been invited to attend the meeting.

Corporator Vedavathi, MCC zonal officer Shivanandamurthy, development officer Sunil, police officials, BJP youth wing secretary Devaraj, Naveen, Dinesh Gowda and others were present. (MR/KS)

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