A new block of the Jayanagar Shopping Complex is coming lower back to existence after long years of putting off.
The new seven-floor constructing, which as soon as housing Puttana theatre, will accommodate shopkeepers from the vegetable marketplace. They have about per week, until April 1, to transport in.
The complex will henceforth be referred to as Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvarya Shopping Complex.
When Metrolife visited the spot on Friday, only five shops had made a move. A few others had carpenters doing up the interiors.
Raju, owner of Chaitra Stores, is among folks who have already moved to the new building. Selling paper plates, glass items and tissue here, Raju also runs a flower keep in the old complicated.
“It’s been multiple days because I moved here. No one simply is aware of the shop has moved so sales haven’t picked up,” he says.
The new building boasts CCTV cameras, bathrooms, ingesting water, elevators, energy and protection guards, but the corridors between the stores, with a width of just six toes, are too slender, shopkeepers whinge.
Nalini M Basavaraj has been in the commercial enterprise at the complicated for 38 years. She sells bangles, incense sticks, and puja items.
She instructed Metrolife that the transition has been smooth. However the office work took time. “We have been doing the tactics for two years,” she says.
She expects a commercial enterprise to pick up in approximately six months.
The first two flooring of the new block will have vegetable providers and stores are promoting gift objects and puja fabric till a brand new complicated with a multiplex comes alongside. The government has promised to finish the work in three years. However shopkeepers are skeptical.
Sri Gangamma Pooja Store owner Ratnamma complains approximately the price that incorporates transferring. “They have given us the area, but we need to spend on the interiors and the signboards. I even have already spent Rs 5,000 on a new board, and the interiors will take about Rs 60,000,” she says.
Only folks who pass using the southern side of the complex will buy groceries at the brand new building.
“Earlier, people from all four corners had to get entry to us,” she says.
The corridors aren’t the most secure for customers, given their narrowness. Also, the constructing open best on one facet, because of this the plan has not taken into consideration stampedes and emergencies, a shopkeeper says.
Byrasandra ward corporator N Nagaraj blamed the shopkeepers for the long put off: it has taken eight years.
“The work becomes completed three years in the past, but the carriers have been simply now not willing to transport. That’s while the court docket intervened and gave them a closing date. We will file a file to the court docket in two days about how many stores had been vacated inside the old building,” he says.
More to come
Sowmya Reddy, Jayanagar MLA, says she is doing her quality to get matters moving.
“After I came to power nine months ago, I have held more than one conferences with shopkeepers and other stakeholders, which include the BDA and the BBMP. There wasn’t sufficient investment. However I am satisfied its miles subsequently commencing,” she informed Metrolife.
Sowmya describes the complex as “satisfaction of Jayanagar,” a spacious, thoughtfully planned purchasing complex built long before malls took over the metropolis.
“I need to make sure it is maintained nicely and the paintings on the new complicated starts quickly,” she says.
The complex changed into built in 1976, while D Devaraj Urs become chief minister. Jayanagar turned into then developing, and the authorities noticed the want for a properly-deliberate shopping complicated for a bunch of services and products.
The web site changed into a cricket and sports field in advance. A sudden fire broke out in 2007 inside the vegetable market toward the west of the complicated, and the authorities said vegetable providers could be moved to a new block as a part of the redevelopment of the complex.
The authorities then demolished the block housing Puttana cinema, named after legendary Kannada film director Puttanna Kanagal.
The reconstruction started in 2011-12, while the modern-day MLA’s father, Ramalinga Reddy, changed into the Jayanagar MLA.
The authorities had promised to finish the paintings within three years; however in practical terms, it has taken eight years. The complex initially belonged to the BBMP, but the government exceeded it over to the BDA in 2010. It’s now back again with BBMP.
Rent simply Rs 5k
The month-to-month lease for a store is Rs five,000, dirt-cheap by Jayanagar standards, and the new complicated can have 225 stores.
Corporator Nagaraj counters the shopkeepers’ grievance that the stores are too small.
“The volume is similar to their antique shops. But there, that they had occupied the corridors and different not unusual regions,” he says.
Rs 2 lakh loss each day
Ravikrishna Reddy from the Lanchamukta Karnataka Nirmana Vedike says the put off has come at a substantial charge. He estimates the government has lost about Rs 2 lakh in rent every day.