Krishna Rajendra Market (K.R. Market), Bengaluru’s oldest market, is in for a makeover and this time its undertaken under Smart City Programme. Since there is provision under Smart City project for Redevelopment of Historic Centres, KR Market redevelopment will be taken up under that programme. While strengthening some of the existing structures care will be taken not to alter the heritage value of the buildings.
As per the proposed plan designated vending zones with smart vendor kiosks, sensor-based smart dustbins, recycling unit, etc will be created. Also, a composting unit will be set up and vehicular and pedestrian movement around the market will be facilitated through proper planning. There will be provision for loading unloading bays and time-managed goods movement, rooftop solar panels and solar lighting/energy efficient lighting.
K.R. Market, built in 1921 is one of the oldest markets in Bengaluru and the first place to be electrified in the country. KR Market, presently is a symbol of lack vision and planning on the part of city planners who failed to visualise the future population and demands which resulted in an over-crowded and congested market. At the same time vast area in and around the market is largely left underused. In 1997, a new 3-storeyed building was built for market with modern amenities but major portion of the same has remained unutilised.