A day after the residents of illegal flats in Worli’s Campa Cola compound started setting up a tent in the compound to stay put in the event that the BMC starts demolishing their flats, the civic body Thursday said that it would issue stop-work notices to the residents soon.
“The residents have to seek permission from the civic body before they construct a tent in the compound. We have asked the ward office to conduct a survey of the situation. Once they submit the reports, we will issue stop-work notices to the residents,” said additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani.
Meanwhile, the residents have started setting up another tent in front of Orchid apartments in Campa Cola compound. Like the tent being set up for residents of Midtown in the middle of the compound, the second tent is also being made water-proof for the monsoon and the residents will install fans in both the tents.
“We are quite clear on not moving out of the compound. If the civic body throws us out of our houses, we will live in the tents. If they pull down the tents, we will sit here under umbrellas, but not move out. The civic body needs to realise that it is impossible for us to find another house again,” said Sunanda Verma, who resides on the eleventh floor of Midtown Apartments.
Though most of the residents have packed their belongings and are shifting them to a friend’s or a relative’s place, they also claim that they own the land and the civic body cannot drive them away.
“We have proof to show that we have received a deemed conveyance for the land. The land belongs to the society and we will continue to live in the tents,” said Karan Sethia, a resident and a member of the Campa Cola core committee. Following Tuesday’s Supreme Court (SC) order dismissing the plea against evacuation and demolition of the 96 illegal flats, the BMC decided to give the residents three more days to surrender the keys to their illegal flats. “We will issue the intimation notices to the residents by the end of this week. Our main priority is to follow the SC’s order. If the residents still resist, then we will go ahead and file a contempt petition,” Adtani added.
(With inputs from Sanyukta Dharmadhikari)