The Supreme Court has given a nod for the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for tearing down 33 shops adjoining on the right side of the Sitabuldi market for the completion works of the Glocal Square Mall.
The demolition works began on Tuesday but halted and gave a three days’ time for the shopkeepers to vacate the space. The mall is making was renamed to ‘World Trade Centre Nagpur’, recently.
A team of NIT along with 210 police personnel started razing down four shops in the early hours of Tuesday. Seeing this, the other shopkeepers too vacated their shops. By noon, some shopkeeper urgently met NIT chairman Sheetal Teli-Ugale and asked for some days’ time to shift their good. Three days were then given by Ugale.
Tension prevailed as the demolition process commenced but it was kept in check by the police present at the location. The team from NIT comprised of executive engineer PP Dhankar, divisional officer Pankaj Ambhorkar, and enforcement officer Manohar Patil who came back after the shopkeepers were three days’ time. The demolition will now resume on February 9.
Approximately 8m area at the back will be torn down. However, shopkeepers can continue with their businesses in the 12 meters area towards Sitabuldi market road. On the completion of the mall, all the shopkeepers will be given shops.
As per the sources, 130 of the 148 shopkeepers are in favour of the project. The remaining 1 who objected the project have moved to high court. The HC gave an order in favour of those opposing which was challenged by NIT, mall developer Pune-based Goel Ganga Infrastructure, and shopkeepers of Abhyankar Road. Ultimately, the Supreme Court gave the ruling in favour of the project.
The mall will be constructed over 6.5acres of land and is estimated to cost about Rs. 500 crores by the time it is completed in 2020. It will have a basement parking, mezzanine, lower ground floor, ground floor and five floors. In all 3,000 shops inclusive of 981 mini-shops for hawkers will be carved in the mall. A 10-screen multiplex will also be made in the mall. The structure will have parking capacity of 1,500 four-wheelers and 2,000 two-wheelers and bicycles.
Information source: timesofindia
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