MANGALORE: Officials of the Mangalore City Corporation demolished two shops in front of the entrance to the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Tuesday.
Praveenchandra Karkera, Assistant Revenue Officer in the corporation who led the operation, said that the shops had been demolished to widen the approach to Deputy Commissioner’s office. Of the two structures demolished, one was a private telephone booth and the other a petty shop, whose owner had himself removed the belongings from inside the shop on Monday. The owner of another shop in the vicinity had dismantled his shop voluntarily, he said.
Sajeer, owner of a shop demolished on Tuesday, said that the corporation had issued trade licence and door number to his shop. He was paying sales tax. Officials had asked him to vacate the shop two days ago. A senior official at the district administration, on the condition of anonymity, said that those shops had been built in set-back area of a nearby building. Hence, they were illegal structures.
Meanwhile, traders in two rows at Maidan Market in front of the city bus stand removed illegal structures in front of their shops voluntarily after the corporation razed such structures from some shops outside the Central Market building recently. The corporation officials had warned them of pulling down those structures if they did not remove them on their own.
Footpath vendors in front of the city bus stand have continued to do business in spite of the instructions from Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj against it.
Mr. Ponnuraj, during a visit to the market recently, had warned them of booking cases if they continued to occupy the footpaths.