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Posted on Jan 21, 08:12PM | UNI
The Karnataka government has provided Rs 30 crore for renovation of landmark Lansdowne building in the city which partially collapsed in September last year killing four people.
Speaking after inaugurating the new temporary stalls by handing over the 50 stalls to the old tenants who heaved a sigh of relief. Works for restoring the architectural marvel in its heritage form would be launched early next month and the works would be completed in eight to ten months, he added.
He said after a lapse of nearly five months since business activities in the historic Lansdowne Building had been totally disrupted, the stretch of the road was a beehive of activities from today.
A total of 60 shops measuring 8x10 ft have been built opposite to the old building by a contractor, at a cost of Rs 55,000 each and the money had been collected from old tenants by President of the Tenants Association R Murthy, who had paid the money on behalf of the tenants.
Movement of all kinds of vehicles on the narrow stretch has been banned, Mr Ramdas said and added the other side of Lansdowne Building would be barricaded to prevent people from moving around in the periphery of the dilapidated building.
An expert committee had recommended that the building could be renovated and there was no need for its demolition.