The Gulbarga City Corporation on Wednesday began demolition of a four-storeyed building, which was found to be constructed illegally on Sharanabasaveshwar Tank Bund Road.
The work started in the morning and the protests by relatives of the building owner, who was away in Hyderabad, were brushed aside.
Meanwhile, shopkeepers who had taken up the task of demolishing portions of their shops marked by the corporation in Kirana Bazaar and Bande Bazaar, have almost completed the work.
Corporation Commissioner Manoj Jain told The Hindu that once the demolition was completed, work to widen the road to 60 ft. would be taken up.
The demolition work to widen the road from Mehbas Mosque to Humnabad base was in the final stages and Rs. 2.2 crore had been set aside for the project from the Chief Minister's Special Grant of Rs. 100 crore.
On the delay in bringing down unauthorised buildings and places of worship, Mr. Jain said the decision to raze these constructions on public places and parks would have to be taken by the district administration and the corporation would execute it.
To another question, Mr Jain said that the acquisition proceedings of the portions of the buildings which would have to be demolished for taking up the widening of other important roads in the city was going on and once the Special Land Acquisition Officials complete the process and give the possession certificates the city corporation would take up the demolition of the marked portions and take up the widening of the road.
Mr. Jain said the corporation had finalised the proposal to widen the road from Aland Naka to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Chowk to the Gulbarga Railway Station at a cost of Rs. 19.35 crore.
The two-way road would have a 60 feet carriage way along with drains both the sides of the road and footpaths.