BMC begins cutting off key supplies to illegal Campa Cola flats

Disconnects power, water and gas supply to a number of flats, says two more days to finish the job

Written by Tanushree Venkatraman | Mumbai | Published:June 24, 2014 10:43 am
Around 12 teams, four each from the civic body, Mahanagar Gas and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), reached the compound. Source: Amit Chakravarty  Around 12 teams, four each from the civic body, Mahanagar Gas and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), reached the compound. Source: Amit Chakravarty

Fighting resistance from residents of Campa Cola compound in Worli for the last three days, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Monday began phase-1 of the demolition process by disconnecting electricity connection for 55 illegal flats, gas connections for around 14 flats and water supply for three flats of the seven buildings in the compound.

Around 12 teams, four each from the civic body, Mahanagar Gas and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), reached the compound around 11.30 am and began their job.

“We will take two more days to disconnect essential supplies for the illegal flats in the compound. We have orders to make the flats uninhabitable and the residents co-operated with us. After we complete the first phase, we will send a report to the higher authorities and then discuss our next course of action,” said a senior civic official from the G/South ward office.

In the first phase, the BMC will cut off essential supplies to the illegal flats. Internal walls of the flats would be pulled down in the second phase before finally demolishing the floors.

The civic body has also made provisions for the 89 illegal flat owners of the compound to surrender keys to their flats, but the residents are unrelenting. “Once our houses have been made inhabitable, we will not be living here. However, our fight to regularise flats within the permissible FSI (floor space index) is still on and therefore we will not be depositing the keys,” Ashish Jalan, a resident, said.

On Sunday evening, the residents had decided to give up their 15-month fight against the administration after meeting Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at his residence. They claimed he had also assured them of looking into options within the framework of the law to help them save their homes.

However, some residents still feel they should have continued their fight against the civic body. “Because of a few members, all of us in the compound have to lose our homes now. The core committee members never took the consent of all the residents. We now feel all our efforts of protesting against the civic body for three whole days have gone down the drain,” said Devyani Jayakar, a resident.

tanushree.venkatraman@expressindia.com

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    Ramesh
    Jun 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm
    How you peoples are believing that something will be done by CM in legal framework?Is it not political statement.Why no making FIR against Builder , BMC, State government .
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      Yayaavar
      Jun 24, 2014 at 11:28 am
      BMC is finally cutting the water,gas and electric connection of illegal Coca Cola flats which may ultimately be demolished but it(BMC) should also find out ways and means to return the illegal money collected by it's babus .Why the highest court has left BMC scot free ? Both BMC and the builders should have been fined in billions to pay to .residents ;builders for illegal constructions and BMC for allowing it to exist for so long.
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