Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: The demolition of illegal encroachments on footpaths continued for the second day on Tuesday amid protest from petty trade owners protested in vain.

The Belgaum City Corporation, which launched its demolition drive to clear the encroachments on KLE Hospital Road on Monday, started removing "khokas" around the Rani Channamma Circle since morning.

There are 800 such illegal encroachments on roads and footpaths in the city. Only those khokas, which are sources of obstruction to public movement, will be removed while other units in interior areas will be left unharmed on humanitarian grounds.

The corporation has not provided any alternative sites for the affected traders. Leaders of these khoka owners, who had been providing them shelter, were conspicuous by their absence and the corporation workers were carrying out demolition operation in a smooth manner.