‘Owners failed to respond to notice’

The Coimbatore Corporation on the intervening night of Friday-Saturday demolished more-than-a-century-old building in Sukrawarpet.

According to officials in the civic body, they began the demolition process around 11 p.m. Friday and completed the task by 5 a.m. Saturday.

This was based on an order Corporation Commissioner G. Latha issued a couple of days ago.

Earthmovers

Two earthmovers, as many lorries and around 20 men were involved in the operations. The sources said that the civic body decided to pull down the building after the owners Muruganandam and Kesavaraj failed to respond to notice.

The civic body had a few months ago asked the owners to bring down the structure as it posed a threat to road users at the busy Mill Road – Mettupalayam Road junction. The owners did not react, though the notice asked them to act within 24 hours.

The sources said that the civic body issued the notice after a wall on the ground floor of the ground-plus-first floor structure collapsed around six months ago. A few days ago, a portion of another wall collapsed forcing the Corporation to act at the earliest.

Demolition cost

Asked if the civic body would recover the cost from the owners, the officials said that it was for Ms. Latha and Deputy Commissioner S. Sivarasu to decide on the issue.

The owners failed to respond to notice issued by Corporation

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