Bengaluru: The underground Metro station at K R Market is all set to wear a heritage look, with the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRC) firming up plans to develop a heritage corridor along the Metro line near the Old Pete area.
According to BMRC officials, the department of archaeology has finally supported the idea of displaying a Tipu-era cannon at the station. The BMRC has been wanting to place the cannon, believed to be from Tipu Sultan’s armoury, at the K R Market station. However, the department of archaeology was initially reluctant to part with the period piece.
“The idea is to recreate a historic ambience along that Metro line, and displaying the Tipu-era cannon is a part of the plan. There were certain procedural issues to be addressed. Now, the plan’s on track,” said BMRC spokesperson U A Vasanth Rao.
According to the comprehensive plan, the K R Market station will be developed as an integrated space for commuters, with links to historical places in the vicinity. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, his armoury in Kalasipalyam, the mud fort, Kote Venkataramana Swamy temple, and the century-old Victoria and Vanivilas hospitals are to be linked along the heritage corridor running parallel to the Namma Metro green line.