The demolition of 70 structures at Khariwado began on Thursday morning in the presence of a strong police force that acted as a deterrent to any untoward incident. The Vasco bandh called for by residents of Khariwado evoked partial response as many of the establishments refused to down their shutters.
Although initially, 87 structures were identified to be demolished, owners of 17 of them including Clemente D’Souza who is the brother of Revenue Minister Philip D’Souza managed to get a stay from the Administrative Tribunal on 29th March.
In fact, the demolition was slated to commence on 30th March, but was postponed by one day in order to enable the 17 who got the stay to obtain copies of the stay order and file their appeals before the Municipal Council.
At Vasco, the vegetable and fruit vendors did not carry out any business today as many of them are residents of Khariwado that is now facing demolition. The fish vendors also supported them. However, many of the other establishments in the Port Town continued with their normal activities.