Sword of eviction hangs on occupants of legal floors as well

While 140 families of Campa Cola compound,Worli,prepare for the civic demolition squad to arrive Thursday,residents of the 35 legal floors in the seven buildings are not in the clear yet.

Written by Alison Saldanha | Published: May 1, 2013 1:31:14 am

While 140 families of Campa Cola compound,Worli,prepare for the civic demolition squad to arrive Thursday,residents of the 35 legal floors in the seven buildings are not in the clear yet.

Senior BMC officials said residents of even the first five legally constructed floors in all seven buildings could be evicted for want of occupation certificates (OCs).

Supreme Court ordered demolition of various floors of the seven buildings — Midtown,Esha Ekta Apartments,Shubh Apartments,Patel Apartments (two wings),B Y Apartments and Orchid — on February 27.

While builders were granted permission for ground-plus-five,Midtown went up to 20 floors,Orchid up to 17,Esha Ekta up to eight,Shubh up to seven and BY and Patel up to six.

“All the seven buildings are without OCs,so BMC should be acting against the first five floors as well. This is a separate matter. BMC plans to look at this issue after the demolition of unauthorized floors,” said a senior official.

Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani confirmed all residents at the compound faced eviction. “The residents of these flats could also be evicted for not possessing OCs but right now we are focusing on carrying out SC orders because if we do not,we will be in contempt of court. Residents of these (legal) flats should come to us for regularisation after the unauthorized floors are razed to avoid being penalised later,” he said.

The apartments on land leased to Pure Drinks in 1955 were granted approval by BMC in 1980. However in 1984,the civic body began litigation against the builders for not adhering to plans.

Pure Drinks has also sold a smaller portion of the leftover land,which houses the now-defunct Campa Cola factory,to Krishna Developers,which,the residents claimed,would benefit from the demolition. The additional FSI the demolition will generate will eventually be returned to the lessee who can encash it for redevelopment,alleged the 140 affected families.

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