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 this morning as District In-Charge Minister S.A. Ramdas inaugurated the new temporary stalls by handing over 50 stalls to the old tenants who heaved a sigh of relief.

A total of 60 shops measuring 8x10 ft have been built in the new place by one Nagaraj, a contractor from Hebbal Industrial Area, 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.

Of the 60 shops, 50 which are ready for occupation, was handed over to old tenants while the other 10 shops nearing completion would be allotted to the remaining tenants after completion of works.

Speaking on the occasion, Ramdas said that the Govt. had provided Rs. 30 crore for renovation of the old iconic Lansdowne Building. 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.

Ban on entry of vehicles

Movement of all kinds of vehicles on the narrow stretch has been banned, Ramdas said and added the other side of Lansd-owne Building would be barricaded to prevent people from moving around in the periphery of the dilapidated building.

It may be recalled that on Sept. 26, 2012, a portion of the roof of a shop in the old building had caved in killing four people, following which the Civic Administration had formed special technical committees to chalk out plans for future of the building.

The committee headed by Head of State Quality Control Task Force C.S. Vishwanath, expert Civil Engineer Syed Shakeeb-ur-Rehman of SJCE and conservationist V. Govindan Kutty of the Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation had opined that the old structure would be renovated.

Following this, the District Administration had decided the area of the Lansdowne Building as a Red Alert area and banned all commercial activities in the building till further orders.