“Looked like a mosque;” Highways Authority of India orders demolition of dome-shaped bus stop in Mysuru

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The National Highways Authority of India has directed the Mysuru civic body to demolish a bus stop with dome-shaped shelters, saying that the structure had been constructed in an unauthorised manner.

This comes a day after Prathap Simha, the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Mysuru-Kodagu constituency, threatened to bulldoze dome-shaped bus stop, claiming that it looked like a mosque.

The highways authority issued a notice to the Mysore City Corporation commissioner Tuesday. In its notice, the NHAI does not provide details about any sort of encroachment. The notice further claimed that the structure had been constructed to achieve “controversial kind of issues”, and that they had led to “communal issues.”

The Mysore City Corporation and the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited have been ordered to demolish the Nanjangud/Ooty National Highway bus stop within a week.

“If there is a big dome structure with two small domes on either side, it is considered a mosque. I have given three to four days’ deadline to the concerned engineers to demolish the structures. If they don’t demolish them, I will take a JCB [bulldozer] myself and bring them down,” BJP MP had said at an event in Mysuru, according to IANS.