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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)
Mangaluru, Apr 19: The officials of Mangaluru City Corporation on Wednesday April 19 morning demolished petty shops on footpaths in Nellikai road, Hampankatta, and Central Market under police protection.
The shop owners in Hampanakatta alleged that the MCC undertook demolition without prior notice. In Central Market, some of the vendors protested the evacuation.
Speaking to daijiworld, revenue officer Praveen Chandra Karkera said that though prior notice was not issued, the mayor had informed about the evacuation through the media two days ago.
"The main motto of evacuation is to have clean footpaths and provide free walkway to pedestrians. Many complaints have been received by pedestrians about these petty shops and vendors on footpaths," he said.
"In Hampankatta, the vendors and traders had encroached the entire footpath, so much so that pedestrians are forced to use the main road, in turn affecting traffic. MCC is planning to solve traffic issues in the city, and this is the first step in the plan. In the coming days, officials will shut all footpath businesses in the city," Karkera said.