A new block of the Jayanagar Shopping Complex is coming again to life after long years of delay.
The new seven-ground building, which as soon as housed Puttana theatre, will accommodate shopkeepers from the vegetable market. They have about per week, until April 1, to transport in.
The complicated will henceforth be referred to as Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvarya Shopping Complex.
When Metrolife visited the spot on Friday, simplest five stores had made the move. A few others had carpenters doing up the interiors.
Raju, owner of Chaitra Stores, is amongst folks who has already moved to the new building. Selling paper plates, glass items and tissue right here, Raju additionally runs a flower save inside the vintage complicated.
“It’s been more than one days because I moved here. No one in reality knows the shop has moved so income haven’t picked up,” he says.
The new constructing boasts CCTV cameras, lavatories, ingesting water, elevators, electricity and security guards, but the corridors between the shops, with a width of just six toes, are too slender, shopkeepers bitch.
Nalini M Basavaraj has been in commercial enterprise on the complex for 38 years. She sells bangles, incense sticks and puja objects.
She told Metrolife that the transition had been smooth, but the paperwork took time. “We were doing the processes for two years,” she says.
She expects business to pick out up in approximately six months.
The first two floors of the new block can have vegetable providers and stores selling present items and puja fabric until a brand new complicated with a multiplex comes alongside. The government has promised to finish the paintings in 3 years, but shopkeepers are sceptical.
Sri Gangamma Pooja Store owner Ratnamma complains about the cost that incorporates transferring. “They have given us area, but we should spend on the interiors and the signboards. I even have already spent Rs five,000 on a brand new board and the interiors will take about Rs 60,000,” she says.
Only individuals who pass by the southern aspect of the complex will buy groceries at the brand new building.
“Earlier, human beings from all four corners had get entry to to us,” she says.
The corridors aren’t the safest for clients, given their narrowness. Also, the building opens simplest on one side, because of this the plan has no longer taken into consideration stampedes and emergency situations, a shopkeeper says.
Byrasandra ward corporator N Nagaraj blamed the shopkeepers for the lengthy put off: it has taken eight years.
“The paintings turned into completed 3 years ago however the providers were just now not willing to transport. That’s whilst the court docket intervened and gave them a deadline. We will record a report to the court in two days approximately what number of stores were vacated in the antique constructing,” he says.
More to come back
Sowmya Reddy, Jayanagar MLA, says she is doing her exceptional to get matters moving.
“After I came to power 9 months ago, I have held a couple of conferences with shopkeepers and other stakeholders, inclusive of the BDA and the BBMP. There wasn’t enough investment, but I am glad it is ultimately opening,” she informed Metrolife.
Sowmya describes the complicated as “a pleasure of Jayanagar,” a spacious, thoughtfully deliberate purchasing complex constructed lengthy earlier than department shops took over the town.
“I need to make sure it’s miles maintained well and the work on the brand new complex begins soon,” she says.
Fabulous foresight
The complex was built in 1976, when D Devaraj Urs was chief minister. Jayanagar became then developing, and the government saw the want for a nicely-planned shopping complex for a host of services and products.
The web site became a cricket and sports activities field in advance. An surprising hearth broke out in 2007 within the vegetable market closer to the west of the complex, and the authorities said vegetable companies might be moved to a brand new block as part of the redevelopment of the complicated.


The authorities then demolished the block housing Puttana cinema, named after mythical Kannada film director Puttanna Kanagal.
The reconstruction started in 2011-12, whilst the present day MLA’s father, Ramalinga Reddy, became the Jayanagar MLA.
The authorities had promised to complete the work within three years, however in realistic terms, it has taken eight years. The complicated initially belonged to the BBMP but the authorities handed it over to the BDA in 2010. It’s now back once more with BBMP.
Rent simply Rs 5k
The month-to-month rent for a store is Rs 5,000, dust-reasonably-priced by using Jayanagar standards, and the new complex can have 225 stores.
Corporator Nagaraj counters the shopkeepers’ criticism that the shops are too small.
“The quantity is similar to their old shops. But there, that they had occupied the corridors and different commonplace areas,” he says.
Rs 2 lakh loss every day
Ravikrishna Reddy from the Lanchamukta Karnataka Nirmana Vedike says the put off has come at a massive price. He estimates the government has lost about Rs 2 lakh in lease each day.

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