A day after the Supreme Court asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and owners of illegal flats at Worli's Campa Cola society to try and resolve the matter out of court, the civic body has decided to go slow on the demolition of the houses.
About three weeks ago, the BMC initiated steps to evict the residents from the 90 illegal flats after the court ordered it to take action in the matter. Power, water and gas supply was cut off and civic teams were waiting for residents to move out before starting demolition work.
Then on Monday the SC asked the two parties to examine the possibility of sorting out the matter outside court.
However, the civic body's decision to wait-and-watch the situation is somewhat surprising as it had declared in the court that it saw no way to resolve the matter.
A senior civic official said on Tuesday, "We are waiting for the hearing to happen. Once the hearing is over we will decide on when to begin the actual demolition of the illegal flats."
The official explained that the authorities were waiting to see the order of the SC after the next hearing. "There was no written order to us on Monday. So we are just waiting to see what order the court gives after two weeks. That way it would be clear to us how we should go about the demolition work. Besides, the earlier SC order didn't specify any time frame in which to complete action in the case. So we can afford to wait," the official said.
When asked about the status in the matter, Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner, said the BMC would take another 15 days before commissioning the demolition drive. "We are not going to start demolition of internal portions for another two weeks," he said, but did not give any reason.
Meanwhile, civic authorities declared on Tuesday that they would take action against flats owners who may try to resume power, water or gas supply.