The issue of providing relief to Worli’s Campa Cola Compound by providing them “temporary electricity supply” was raised by BEST committee members at the meeting held on Wednesday. BEST manager Jagdish Patil said he would take up this matter with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Recently, the Supreme Court had allowed residents to approach the Maharashtra government with a request to regularise the unauthorised flats facing demolition.
This matter was raised by BEST committee member from MNS, Kedar Humbalkar. “I was approached by certain people recently to restore the electricity connection of the Campa Cola Compound as exams were going on and the lack of water and electricity supply was inconveniencing the children residing in the building,” said Humbalkar.
According to him, he visited the building also. “The Supreme Court judgment also allows for the state to intervene in the matter. Since exams are going on and the society doesn’t have any electricity and water supply, I suggested that electricity can be provided to the building on a temporary basis and the residents could be made to sign a bond stating that they accept temporary power connection till a decision is made in this matter. This issues was taken up on humanitarian grounds to provide temporary reprieve. Irregularity is a problem in other parts of Mumbai also,” said Humbalkar.
Meanwhile, another committee member Sunil Ganacharya also gave his assent in the matter. “We provide water and electricity to slums also. Then why should the people of Campa Cola be deprived of such facilities for the time being till a final decision is taken on this matter? We have been assured that this matter will be looked into. Affidavits will be taken from residents assuring that they will accept whatever decision is taken at a later stage and allow disconnection of power supply if necessary. “
Vidya Srinivas, a resident of Mid-Town apartments in Campa Cola, said, “We have written to the Chief Minister to restore water supply and electricity for us. We have also knocked the doors of every political party in the last few months. It will be of great help if the BEST can restore electricity for the apartments.”
The 89 flats were built without the required permission from BMC and hence were declared illegal. More than 140 families have been residing in the complex for the past 25 years.