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Netizens celebrate Airgate Center’s demolition

The online community has welcomed the ongoing demolition of Airgate Centre – previously known as Taj Mall – which commenced on Saturday at dawn.

The owner of the building, which is located in Embakassi area, had been given 14 days to bring it down since it encroached on a road reserve hindering its expansion.

Tenants at the mall were also then given two weeks notice to vacate the premises. The notice elapsed on August 31.

The owner, Rameshchandra Govino Gorasia, however remained defiant and even dared the government to go ahead and demolish it.

The demolition commenced on Saturday at 6:30am when the green excavator nicknamed ‘Sany’ descended on the building as a heavy police presence in the area to kept away members of the public.

The demolition of Airgate Centre is the latest in a series of demolitions that have been carried out in Nairobi in recent weeks.

Other buildings which have been brought down in Nairobi include South End Mall, Java House and Shell Petrol Station in Kileleshwa, Nakumatt UKay as well as a section of Oshwal Centre in Parklands.

On Twitter many users seemed to happy with the demolition of the building.

But there are also those who looked at it differently.