Mysuru: A few hours after district in-charge minister Somanna directed DCP Muthuraj to evict roadside vendors at the Chamundi hill temple, Chamundeshwari MLA G T Devegowda came to the vendors' rescue. He requested the district in-charge minister to postpone the eviction drive by a couple of days following which, minister Somanna cancelled the eviction drive which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday morning.
There are more than 200 shops on the roads atop the Chamundi Hills. Of these shops, only 82 are authorised.
Days after minister V Somanna issued a directive to clear the roadside stalls atop the Chamundi Hills, the vendors closed up shop on Friday and Saturday and protested the eviction drive. It was only after assurances from former chief minister Siddaramaiah and the district administration that they reopened their shops on Sunday.
T Ramesh Babu, Tahsildar, Mysuru Taluk told Newskarnataka, “After receiving the directive from minister Somanna to evict the roadside stalls, we were prepared ourselves to begin the task on Wednesday morning. However, late on Tuesday afternoon, we got a call from G T Devegowda, requesting us to stop the proposed eviction. Everything was prepared and ready for the clearing of the shops."
The eviction drive, however, has only been stalled for now and will be taken up after minister Somanna meets with the shop owners on Wednesday.
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