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BMC may go for forcible eviction, if Campa Cola residents continue to stay put

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 7:25am IST | Agency: dna

After the Supreme Court (SC) refused to entertain the relief plea filed by residents of the illegal flats in Worli's Campa Cola compound, the BMC has said that it may consider the option of forcible eviction, if the occupants continue to stay put.

The BMC has also said that it is likely to issue a notice within a couple of days, intimating the residents that its men will enter their premises to get on with the demolition drive within the stipulated time.

Following the apex court order passed last year, residents of 96 flats in the compound were supposed to give up their flats due to FSI violations, by May 31. However, the residents refused to hand over the keys of their flats to the BMC, ahead of the demolition. Defying any notice thus, may invite action of forcible eviction, a senior civic official told dna.

"We will see to it that residents vacate homes on their own and everything goes on peacefully," the official said, wishing anonymity.

The BMC reiterated that it will point out contempt of court by the residents in connection with the apex court's order. "We were set to submit a fact file on Tuesday itself. However, the apex court did not ask for it.

The residents have violated the undertaking they submitted before the SC earlier. A senior counsel they had hired had stated before SC that 75% residents had vacated flats six months before we undertook the demolition drive. But none of the residents had done so. Even now, they continue to stay there. We are going to highlight it," the officer added.

The municipal authorities have said that they are likely to issue a notice under section 488 of MMC Act, 1888, intimating residents. "We may undertake the demolition drive either this week or the next, with the labourers we have. But we will be intimating the residents, saying our men will be enter the premises for demolition. The notice could be of any duration, the least being 24 hours," additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani said.

Adtani added that there was no issue regarding availability of police personnel for the demolition purpose.

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