SC asks Campa Cola compound residents for undertaking to vacate by 31 May 2014

In a setback to the unauthorised flat owners of the Campa Cola residential compound in South Mumbai, the Supreme Court yesterday asked them to give undertakings that they would vacate the premises by May 31, 2014. Attorney General GE Vahanvati told the court that no specific proposal could be worked out to provide them space in the compound for new constructions.

The Supreme Court had on November 13 taken cognisance of media reports on the demolition drive at the Campa Cola society and stayed it. Meanwhile, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, BMC Commissioner Sitaram Kunte said the civic administration would follow the Supreme Court order.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is unable to sanction fresh construction within the Campa Cola premises of South Mumbai to accommodate residents of 96 illegally constructed flats across seven buildings facing demolition, the Supreme Court yesterday said the BMC could resume demolishing them after expiry of the May 31, 2014 deadline.

The court said if the residents failed to file the undertaking within six weeks, their flats would face immediate demolition.

The residents, however, said that they have still not lost hope and are waiting to explore and examine further legal options.

Supporting the residents’ cause, Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Housing Sachin Ahir has said that he will discuss this issue with Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan during today’s cabinet meeting.

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