JCB excavators roar at Chamundi Hills; 250 illegal shops razed

Mysuru, September 12:- Residents of Chamundi Hills woke up to the loud noise of a couple of JCB excavators on Thursday morning. As many as 250 shops built illegally on land belonging to the revenue, rural police station and PWD department were razed.

The operation was carried out in the presence of more than 350 policemen under the supervision of DCP M Muthuraj and ACP Lokesh. Five JCB excavators were used in the operation.

District in-charge Minister V Somanna and Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar had requested the shop owners to vacate the shops. They opposed it and were protesting against it. Now the officials, led by Tahsildar Ramesh Babu, are clearing the shops.

That Chamundi Hills is home to many illegal shops for decades is nothing. Despite repeated warnings to vacate, the adamant shop owners continued to carry on with their business. In fact, some of the shop owners met former chief minister Siddaramaiah at his residence recently and requested him to get a stay on the evacuation. Siddaramaiah himself spoke to District in-charge Minister V Somanna and asked him to find an amicable solution.

With the number of illegal mushrooming by the day, the authorities had to act sternly and today’s operation should send the right signal.

Though it is still in its infant stage, plans are in the pipeline to develop Chamundi Hill Road on the lines of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. (MR/KS)


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