Days after power supply was restored in five of the illegal flats in Worli’s Campa Cola compound, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking’s General Manager said most of the illegal flats were likely to receive supply in a week’s time.
BEST General Manager Jagdish Patil also said that the undertaking received 20 more applications accepting the “conditional agreement” set by the BEST regarding re-connecting power supply on humanitarian grounds.
“Supply will depend on this compliance and most of them seem to eventually come around. A week is a good time,” said Patil.
Noting that there is no stay on the Supreme Court’s order yet, Patil contended that as soon as the the BEST are presented with indemnity bonds or undertakings by the residents, the supply is restored. After the five residents, 20 more claimed to willing to comply, the manager said.
Nandini Mehta, a resident and member of the core committee, said that most of the illegal flats would be through with the formalities and receive power supply within this week. “We heard that a mention of water supply to the flats in Municipal Corporation proposal, but we have not heard anything from the water management teams yet,” Mehta added.
On March 17, the BMC Commissioner Sitaram Kunte passed an order to restore electricity in all the 89 illegal flats in Worli’s Campa Cola compound. It was the BEST general committee meeting that registered the inconvenience faced by residents, without water and electricity.
The order followed the Supreme Court’s grant to residents to approach the Maharashtra government with a request to regularise the unauthorised flats, facing demolition.
The BEST had approached the BMC to restore the power supply on “humanitarian grounds” with the children’s exams round the corner. “Since it will be a while for the government to decide, we sought BMC approval” Patil said.
The residents had vacated their homes last year, following a long legal battle, with BMC initiating demolition procedures. The SC has also made it clear that its earlier orders will not obstruct the regularisation of the illegal flats.