Campa Cola compound: Political parties wade in,BJP seeks CM’s intervention

BJP and Congress corporators exchanged heated words before Mayor Sunil Prabhu had to bring the session to an abrupt end.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: October 16, 2013 1:06:49 am

Less than 30 days before 35 illegal floors in the Campa Cola compound will be demolished,political parties have woken up to the issue. The BJP has asked for Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s intervention to regularise floors that fall within the permissible Floor Space Index (FSI).

Corporators from all parties,with the exception of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS),clamoured for a resident-friendly solution at the civic general body meeting on Monday.

BJP and Congress corporators exchanged heated words before Mayor Sunil Prabhu had to bring the session to an abrupt end.

The Shiv Sena leader in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),Yashodar Phanse said,“We are in favour of finding a solution for the residents. We do not want them to lose their homes.” Congress MP Milind Deora and Minister of State,Housing,Sachin Ahir are to meet Campa Cola residents on Tuesday.

The Shiv Sena-led BMC has issued tenders to demolish unauthorised portions in the compound.

BJP’s leader in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),Dilip Patel,said,“Illegal structures at Ulhas Nagar and Mumbra have been regularised in the past with the state government’s intervention. There are many ways to find a favourable solution for the Campa Cola residents. If the state can get an ordinance passed,then there can be a provision for regularising.”

The BJP has also demanded that the municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte initiate an inquiry to find those responsible for allowing the illegal construction at Campa Cola and punish them. Since the SC ordered the demolition in February this year,this is the first time there has been political intervention. Samajwadi Party corporator Rais Shaikh said,“They are using this issue to garner public attention ahead of the state assembly elections.”

Patel said,“I received a letter from Campa Cola residents on Sunday requesting me for help in regularising the floors. Following the request we wanted to show our support for the residents.”

One hundred and forty families from Campa Cola lost a legal battle on November 11 last year when the Supreme Court ordered the demolition of the illegal structure. Seven high-rise buildings were constructed in the compound between 1981 and 1989.

Lawyer Jamshed Mistry said,“The CM has the power to pass an ordinance and regularise illegal floors”.

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