The BMC on Friday issued stop-work notices to the residents of illegal flats in Worli’s Campa Cola compound for setting up tents on the premises without seeking the civic body’s permission for the same.
The 24-hour notice instructs the residents to pull down the tent set up near Midtown apartments and to stop work on a tent being set up in front of Orchid apartments. Citing Section 354 A of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, the civic body has said that the tents will be removed unless the residents “produce permission within 24 hours.”
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The residents, fearing immediate demolition of their flats and eviction from the compound, started setting up the tents after the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday dismissed their plea against evacuation and demolition of the 96 illegal flats. Although the residents have stopped work on the tent in front of Orchid apartments, they have written to the civic body requesting them to let the tents remain till the monsoons get over.
“We are now waiting for the civic officials to acknowledge our letter. The work on the tents has been stopped, as instructed. We are impressed with the BMC’s alertness regarding the tents, but how come they were not this alert when the builders had flouted norms?” asked Vidya Srinivas, a resident of Midtown apartments.
While many residents are shifting their belongings to safer places and planning to fight for their flats by living in the tents, some have started looking for homes in the vicinity.
“I will be handing over keys to the BMC. We have found a house nearby and will be shifting there next week. We were hopeful of a positive hearing from the SC, but are not ready for anymore legal hassles,” said Sanjay Somaney, a resident of the 15th floor at Orchid apartments.