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Decision on fate of Lansdowne, Devaraja Market by January 3

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Mysuru: It seems there is a ray of hope with regard to Lansdowne and Devaraja Market buildings in the city.

Lansdowne building has been shut for the past seven years ever since a portion of which collapsed claiming three lives in August 2012. While Devaraja Market is crumbling in parts, but the traders are reluctant to vacate to pave way for any works.

District minister V Somanna fixed a deadline of January 3 for the officers to sort out the issues at the earliest.

As both the structures are heritage buildings, adequate measures should be taken, he felt.

Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar explained about the contradictory reports. While MUDA officer Girish led team of officials who inspected the structures are in favour of demolishing the buildings and rebuilding them on heritage lines, experts committee set up by department of archaeology, heritage and museums are against it, DC said.

Karnataka Engineering Research Station (KERC) officials also inspected the structures and opined that it is not feasible to take up restoration works at this juncture.

According to their report, the structures cannot withstand the load with the collapse of the roof in parts, which is unable to stop, said DC.

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