Chavan rules out ordinance to save illegal Campa Cola flats in Mumbai

The Chief Minister however said the 'state is willing to rehabilitate the affected families'.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: November 12, 2013 12:44:57 am

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said the government would not issue any ordinance to save 102 illegal flats in the seven Campa Cola buildings in upmarket Worli. He,however,said the government was willing to rehabilitate affected residents. “There is no question of going against the legal framework. We are not going to issue any ordinance which may meet the same fate as the one issued by the Centre to save criminal politicians,” Chavan said. “We are ready to rehabilitate residents on the lines of the rehabilitation of residents of illegal buildings in Mumbra,” he added.

The BMC,meanwhile,said it would give four-five days to affected residents to vacate their flats. Additional Municipal Comissioner Mohan Adtani said,“Demolition will commence on Tuesday at 11 am. Electricity,water and gas connections to the illegal floors will be disconnected first. As there are more than 100 illegal flats,we will carry out eviction through the next four days. Walls won’t be broken until eviction is complete.”

State government officials said Advocate General Darius Khambatta,in his opinion,had referred to the October 1,2013,order of the Supreme Court which barred any court,local or state authority to grant any sort of “injunction” against its demolition order.

Sources said that in a meeting with senior political leaders late in the evening,the CM hinted at a way out in the next couple of days. MP Milind Deora,who had accompanied residents for a meeting with the CM separately,said,“It was agreed that the state government would seek legal opinion from the Attorney General of India. I would hope the government acts expeditiously if the opinion is favourable.”

There was no confirmation from the state government on whether it would seek opinion from the Attorney General.

After the civic standing committee rejected tender applications from private contractors for demolition,new tenders have been floated. “The contractor will be finalised in the next two months,” said a BMC official.

While most residents have made arrangements to move elderly members out,some continue to protest the demolition. Rohit Malhotra,a resident,said,“We will fight till there is a favourable solution.”

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