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Shops in place for yrs, PMC has been taking property tax: Owners of demolished stores | Pune News


After the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) razed down furniture stores on the Mumbai-Bangalore highway, some store owners said they were given eviction notices in advance while some claim they weren’t even given time to step out of the store at the time of the demolition drive.

Pramod Solanki of Elite Furniture store said, “The shop has been here for the last three years. We have been paying property tax. I was having tea early in the morning when I heard a sudden noise from the store nearby. When I ran out to see, I realised they are demolishing our stores.”

Mohammed, owner of a store beside Elite, said, “Two of our employees were still in the building. They escaped from the other side through the washroom. They are supposed to give a notice to ensure people are out and safe.”

He, like Solanki, maintained the PMC has been taking property tax. Mohammed’s store is only two-months-old. His employee pointed out that there are records of PMC sending out demolition notice from a year ago, but since their store is new, they weren’t aware of it.

However, Mohammad Shadab of Home Decor said they had received an eviction notice in advance. “Our shop has been here for the last five years. We have been paying a heavy rent of Rs 2 lakh every month. But the owner hasn’t been paying property tax, as a result of which this (demolition drive) has happened,” said Shadab adding that they were informed once to step out of the store for safety before the demolition drive began.

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Similarly, two employees of R Flooring store said they received eviction notices in advance.

Meanwhile, in the last four days, customers have flooded the area to grab furniture and carpets at discounted prices. The carpet store owners and employees have made makeshift arrangements on the roads and at the base of the mountains to sell whatever is left.

A large number of vehicles are parked in front of the demolished stores and customers are bargaining for cheaper products.

This has compounded traffic on the stretch, which is now home to mounds of demolition waste.

Abdul Rahman, who was selling carpets on the divider, said, “On the first day of the demolition, the footfall here went through the roof. We haven’t seen so many customers ever.”





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