SC: illegal flats must be vacated by May 31

AG said he had spoken to all the authorities concerned but no specific relief could be provided.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 20, 2013 3:44:37 am

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked residents of the unauthorised flats at the Campa Cola Society in Mumbai to vacate their premises by May 31,2014,as no specific proposal for their resettlement inside the compound could be worked out.

A Bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi,which had stayed the demolition on November 13,refrained from entertaining the issue of their resettlement anymore.

Attorney General G E Vahanvati,who appeared for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),said nothing could be done under the law to provide them space in the compound for new construction. He said he had spoken to all the authorities concerned but no specific relief could be provided to the residents of the 102 flats that have been declared illegal.

“In that case,we will have to extend the deadline,purely on humanitarian ground,and ask them to vacate after it… having considered the entirety of the matter,we deem it appropriate to extend the time till May 31,2014,by which time the occupants must vacate the premises,” said the Bench.

Directing the affected residents to submit undertakings to the court within six weeks,the Bench said,“If the occupants fail to file undertakings within the stipulated time,the municipal corporation will be entitled to take action against them”.

Last week,the Bench had stayed the demolition of the unauthorised flats,taking suo motu cognizance of media reports. The court had noted that it was not going to modify the previous order of demolition,but was open to considering reasonable proposals on rehabilitating the residents in the same compound.

The AG had agreed with the court’s views and said he would look into the possibility of carrying out new construction in the same compound.

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