Apropos the news item “To Demolish or Restore: DC awaiting Government nod on Devaraja Market & Lansdowne building” (SOM dated May 14), the dilemma faced by Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) is a sort of self-inflicted injury. Over a period of time, MCC has failed in its duty to maintain these two century-old buildings.
It is very interesting to read about the vehement protests registered by majority of the “Heritage Lovers” of Mysuru against the demolition and reconstruction of these two heritage buildings.
All the people who are protesting against demolition are of the strong opinion that both the buildings can be safely and successfully restored.
Quite a large areas of both the buildings are in a dilapidated condition with the wall bricks and ceilings exposed. In many locations, the foundation also appears to be weak. Whatever the construction technology is available, it will definitely be a herculean task to restore both the buildings.
It will be practically difficult to enhance the safety and increase the lifespan of these century-old buildings. After restoration can the people advocating restoration guarantee safety of the tenants, vendors and public ?
Restoration to enhance the “heritage value” of Mysuru at the cost of safety of public is definitely a dangerous option. The already drained exchequer will be burdened for a work which cannot guarantee one hundred percent useful performance compared to a well-designed new structure.
A new building on the same line of architecture with ample parking space in the re-constructed buildings will be of immense help to all stakeholders.
Restored building may not be one hundred percent safe and over a couple of different seasons, the restored buildings may start its deterioration, making the buildings unsafe and weak once again.
– K. Chandrahas, Mysuru, 15.5.2019
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