GULBARGA: At least eight buildings housing grocery and foodgrain shops in the Kirana Bazaar were razed to the ground by the Gulbarga City Corporation authorities here on Wednesday.
The reason cited for the action was that the structures which were in a dilapidated state posed a threat to the people.
The corporation authorities brushed aside the feeble protest by representatives of trade bodies, including the Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HKCCI), and went ahead with the demolition drive.
The operation, which began around 6.30 a.m., was held up for around 15 minutes when the president of the HKCCI, Radhakrishna Raghoji, and the former president Umakant Nigudgi prevented officials from doing their job.
However, corporation commissioner Manojkumar Jain, who rushed to the spot, offered no explanation to the protesters and directed the officials to go ahead with the demolition. The officials of the corporation, assisted by the police, cleared the protesters and began their work.
Gulbarga district falls under Seismic zone II where buildings constructed with mud and mortar are not permitted.