Shop owners on Church Street brace for losses as TenderSURE work is set to begin

Shop owners on Church Street brace for losses as TenderSURE work is set to begin

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2017-02-10 10:10 Bengaluru: Shop owners and vendors on Church Street are a worried lot as the road will be closed for traffic for close to six months for carrying out TenderSURE work. The work will be carried out in stages and the BBMP will begin work on the stretch from KC Das to Empire restaurant in the first stage from Saturday. The project includes concretisation of roads, wide footpaths, shifting of utilities and others. Parking will not be allowed during the work and traffic will also be restricted. Naturally, shop owners are anxious.Speaking to Bfirst.in, Deepak Batavia, President, Church Street Occupants Association said they had approached the BBMP for renovating the road four years ago. "Sewage pipes are old and the road is in a very bad condition. Four years ago, when we approached BBMP, they asked the businessmen to provide money but we told them that we already pay  taxes," said Deepak.Deepak said they are yet to be given the final designs but said the project was being taken up at a cost of Rs9-cr. According to BBMP sources, Church Street, which comes under the Shantala Ward Number 111, yields the highest tax collection when compared to business establishments in other wards.Roadside vendors are also jittery. Fassi, a vendor, said he had been selling sunglasses on the street for 12 years. "Now, I have to shift my location. We have been told that the project will get over in six months but I do not believe it," he said.Mahadev, who works as a parking-lot attendant, said the road work was going to cost him lot of money. "We have to inform our contractor and ask him to put us for work somewhere else. During weekdays we have a collection of Rs 5000 and it is more during weekends. We are worried," said Mahadev.Lakshman Gowda,  a manager at the iconic Indian Coffee House, said, "There is no doubt that we have to undergo loss in the business. It will be great if the BBMP completes the project as soon as possible." But he was hopeful of the street having more footfalls once the project is completed. "Every time, sewage water flows on the road, it is be good for us. After the completion of this project, the street might see an increase in footfalls," he added.