Hundreds of traders staged a protest against proposed reconstruction of Devaraja Market on Sayyaji Rao Road in the city, urging the authorities not to demolish other heritage buildings that are in the list.
The Devaraja Market was closed for half-a-day to stage the protest. Agitators under the banner ‘Nagareeka Hakku Rakshana Samiti,’ took out a huge procession from the Small Clock (Dufferin) Tower to the Deputy Commissioner’s office, via Devaraja Urs Road and JLB Road.
The agitators claimed that Devaraja Market building could be reinforced as only a part of the northern portion had collapsed on August 28, 2016, while the rest of the building has remained intact.
They alleged that the officials and the elected representatives at the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) have connived with contractors to demolish the iconic Lansdowne Building and also the Devaraja Market building with an eye on the funds that would be released for both demolition and for construction of the new buildings.
Samithi state unit president Govindaraju, vice president G Tara, general secretary Krishnamurthy, Mohan Kumar and Dyavappa Naik and others were present.