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ACTION: Illegal constructions being removed at the Central Market in Mangalore on Friday.
ACTION: Illegal constructions being removed at the Central Market in Mangalore on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Commissioner of the corporation supervises the operation

MANGALORE: Officials of Mangalore City Corporation on Friday pulled down unauthorised structures erected by merchants in front of their shops at the Central Market building. They were removed following a direction by Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj, sources in the corporation said. The officials used excavators to pull down some structures on the four sides of the building.

Mr. Ponnuraj visited the market area before the demolition work began. Commissioner of the corporation Sameer Shukla supervised the operation.

Mr. Shukla said that the corporation officials had instructed the merchants to remove those structures two days ago. But none had complied with the instructions. The corporation was not required to give any written notice to merchants to remove unauthorised structures or projections, he said.

The Commissioner said that the merchants had extended their buildings till the footpath. As a result, people were forced to walk on the road. Earlier, the officials removed gunny bags containing vegetables, baskets of fruits and other articles kept on the footpath by the merchants.

The demolition was carried out under tight police security.

Mr. Shukla said if the merchants did not do so, the corporation would remove them.

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