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Taj Mall (Airgate Centre) demolition begins [Photos]

Owner Rameshchandra Govind Gorasia had dared the government to demolish the mall

The demolition of Taj Mall (Airgate Centre) along Outering Road underway

A green bulldozer descended on the mall on Saturday at around 6 AM, bringing an end to a protracted legal battle that saw its owner Rameshchandra Govind Gorasia stay put and dare the government to demolish the mall.

Prior to the demolition, there was heavy police presence.

An irate Gorasia challenged those behind the demolitions to come out and face him, maintaining that he will not bring down the mall.

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“I am saying this openly to any authority, I am not going to remove this structure, not even to my death! If they want to remove it, they come and do it themselves,” Gorasia said.

“Whoever is ordering this demolition stop hiding, come out and face me, I am not scared of anything,” he added.

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Among the buildings that have so far been brought down in the on-going demolitions targeting structures erected on riparian land and those built on public land are South End Mall, Java House and Shell Petrol Station in Kileleshwa as well as a section of Oshwal Centre in Parklands.

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