The Supreme Court on Thursday granted a reprieve to the residents,facing imminent eviction from the Campa Cola compound in Mumbais Worli,by giving the occupants five months time to vacate the premises.
Passing an interim stay on the demolition,a Bench led by Justice G S Singhvi,however,made it clear that no further extension of time would be granted to the flat owners and that they would also not approach High Court or subordinate courts against order for vacating their flats.
The Bench also asked the occupants to file their affidavits in the apex court,furnishing undertaking that they would vacate the building by the end of the additional time.
The court directed the municipal authorities concerned to restore all amenities,including water and electricity supply,to the residents till then.
Seven high-rise buildings were constructed at Worlis Campa Cola compound between 1981 and 1989. The builders had permission for only six floors. One of the compound buildings,Midtown,has 20 floors and another building,Orchid,has 17 floors.
After the challenges to the demolition notices by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation failed before other fora,the residents had approached the apex court.
However,the Supreme Court refused to regularise the floors which were constructed in violation of the sanctioned plan. As per the SC order,floors above the fifth in the seven buildings required to be demolished. As per the BMC notice,986 residents of the 140 flats will be evicted.