After the horrific incident of the commercial complex collapse which took one life this morning, the City corporation gave the remaining shop owners 4 hours to vacate the premises and take away on their belongings.
The incident occurred on Shivaji Road, near Amba Bhavan. Vinayak Shivaji Patkar (42) native of Sawantwadi was killed and injured identified as Pandurang Kamble (32) of Umagao village in Chandgad taluk, Srikant Kamble (35) of Halakarni village and Babu Samboche (58) of Sadashiv Nagar.
The city corporation had constructed this complex with 34 shops upon storm water drain in 1984 and the resettled the shop owners whose shops were removed in the road widening near central bus stand. The complex also housed an anganwadi school and Urdu government primary school.
Half of the shops were demolished and the rest would demolished by tomorrow morning.
Many shop owners illegally built first floor themselves without permission and carrying commercial business. The lease of the shops had expired in 1994 and a few in 2008, which was not renewed.
Currently the road from GPO to Patil Galli is blocked due to CD work and these shops are on the same nala just next to it.