Bengaluru: Yet again the High Court had to wake up the BBMP from its deep slumber. After goading BBMP to take action against illegal hoardings and potholes, the High Court had to do the same with regard to setting things right at the historical K.R. Market, which is not just riddled with garbage and filth, but also fares poorly on the fire safety front.
BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad on Thursday carried out an inspection of the market in the wake of High Court expressing concern over the poor fire safety measures in place at the market. BBMP will be carrying out a encroachment clearance drive on Friday.
Previous mayors Katte Satyanarayana and G Padmavathi, and the current mayor Gangambike too have focused on making the market garbage free. Voluntary group The Ugly Indians too had tried to spruce up the market, but they could not bring about any lasting results.
A major portion of the parking lot is occupied with unused vehicles and it has also turned into a de facto urinal. The stench is unbearable and the fuel in these vehicles pose a fire hazard. Even a minor fire can wreak havoc to the market.
Moreover, in case of fire emergencies, fire tenders cannot rush to the spot as all the roads leading to the market have been encroached by vendors. This is the case not only with K.R. Market, but other historical markets in city such as Johnson Market and Russell Market also face the problem.
Nadeem Ahmed, a regular visitor, said the market is fully dominated by rowdies, police and BBMP. They collect hafta from each vendor and allow them to have free run. If any fire havoc happens who will be responsible. It will be the regular visitors who should suffer.
After the inspection the BBMP Commissioner directed officials to clear all the encroachments and take necessary steps to keep the market clean and hygienic.
The High Court had on Wednesday directed the BBMP to comply with the fire safety measures as per Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services Department, in the K.R. Market and submit a compliance report within two weeks. The court said this while hearing a PIL filed by the Bengaluru Flower Merchants Association, who had objected to proliferation of illegal shops in K.R. Market....