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Bengaluru's KR Market to get smart makeover

BENGALURU: The govt has floated tenders for revamping the historical KR Market. The move to provide Bengaluru’s oldest and biggest heritage market a makeover comes after several failed attempts previously. This time, a Rs 50 crore mission is being taken up under the Smart City mission.

A senior legitimate from the Bengaluru Smart City Limited stated they floated the tenders on Thursday to get bidders on board for the redevelopment of KR Market. “The mission is being taken up under the Redevelopment of Historic Centres class, for which there's a provision under the Smart City mission. It envisages strengthening the structure, conserving its heritage price intact. The idea is to make the market a happy place for buyers, distributors and customers,” he added.


KR Market’s renovation plans made headlines previously too, however there was once little progress on the floor. The crumbling heritage market which carries the scars of time urgently wishes a facelift. Now that tenders had been floated, the authorities should assuage the troubles of distributors who've stalled attempts to redo the structure as they worry displacement and lack of livelihood. The market is one among Bengaluru’s enduring buildings and a throbbing industry centre. The govt should ensure that the plan to provide it a makeover, while conserving its heritage quotient, is effectively done this time round.

“More importantly, the mission will carry Chickpet Metro Station closer to the market by means of a cutting-edge pedestrian bridge. It will help those visiting the market easily get right of entry to the Metro station. Technical bids for the mission will likely be opened on May 15,” the legitimate added.

The Palike’s earlier attempts to redesign the market couldn’t take off due to opposition from distributors. “Some buyers are frightened about getting displaced due to the renovation plan. We will hang multiple conferences with other trader teams available in the market to handle their issues,” stated the legitimate.

At provide, the market lacks hygiene and is poorly maintained. Also, there are no basic amenities for distributors and visitors.

Smart plans in place

Creating designated vending zones with sensible dealer kiosks, sensor-based sensible dustbins, recycling unit, composting unit, setting up vehicular and pedestrian movement across the market, provision of loading unloading bays and time-managed items movement, rooftop sun panels and sun lighting/energy environment friendly lighting are one of the most interventions the authorities are making plans as part of the revamp plan.

KR Market, aka Krishna Rajendra Market, was once established in 1928. Popularly referred to as City Market, it is known as after Krishnarajendra Wadiyar, a former ruler of the princely state of Mysuru.

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