Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) razed 80 shops to ground in Malleshwarm market area, to make way for market development project planned jointly by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and BBMP.
Lakshminarasiah, Joint Commissioner, West, BBMP, said that they have got the court order and a letter from the BBMP commissioner to go ahead with the demolition. The demolition will take place in a phased manner. He said that the demolition notice was issued to shop owners to evacuate the market even before December.
N Venkataswamy, President of Malleshwarm market association said, “We don’t know what to do and we are helpless. “He further added that he was not informed in advance about the demolition.
Earlier on Dec 12, 2014, 18 shops were demolished by the BBMP under police protection, despite opposition by the vendors.
The 2.08 acre market was slated to be developed jointly by the BBMP and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). Though the BDA has back tracked, the BBMP has gone ahead with the demolition.