With a few hours to go before the civic administration begins demolition of unauthorised flats in Campa Cola compound,Worli,Thursday,residents remain adamant and are refusing to vacate their homes.
Sunita Jain,who lives in Midtown building,has found support from relatives. My relatives and their children have come to help us and have decided to stay at our house. If there is a demolition tomorrow,my house will be full of people who will be protesting, said Sunita.
Many residents have sent important belongings to friends or relatives,while some others have packed their things. While some have been looking for an alternative accommodation,high rents and smaller flat area have discouraged them from shifting temporarily.
I saw other flats,but my children will not be able to stay there comfortably. I have decided to stay back at my home and stand my ground, said another resident of Midtown. For Kamal Parekh,52,who lives in the a spacious 2-BHK apartment at BY Patil building,leaving her home is out of the question.
I have lived the best part of my life in this house and my children have been brought up here. Even if the authorities decide to break down the walls,I will stay on in this house even if it does not have a roof, said Kamal Parekh.
Some residents have launched a hunger strike. We will not allow anyone to enter for demolition and they cannot cause physical harm to those who are fasting, said a resident of Patel Building.
In a last-ditch effort to save their homes,residents appealed to the state government and BMC to regularise the unauthorised 35 floors.
The civic administration later extended by three days the deadline to demolish the illegal floors and decided to begin demolition Thursday.
The BMC decision comes days after the Supreme Court ordered demolition of all illegal floors. In a February 27 order,Supreme Court had ordered the demolition of various floors on seven buildings – Midtown,Esha Ekta Apartments,Shubh Apartments,Patel Apartments (two buildings),B Y Apartments and Orchid.