After doggedly keeping out civic teams standing by to demolish their illegal flats, Campa Cola residents on Sunday said after a meeting with the chief minister that they would co-operate with the authorities.
Members of the group who returned from the meeting with Prithviraj Chavan said he had assured to help them and they felt relieved.
"We have been assured that no irreversible damage would be caused to our flats and that the state government will think positively on the case on compassionate grounds provided we co-operate with the civic authorities and allow them to act according to the orders of the Supreme Court. We have about 67,000 sq ft that can be salvaged and the state government, BMC and residents can together come up with a way to save it," said Vidya Srinivas, a resident.
The residents said that they would allow the civic authorities to cut off power, water and piped gas supply to their flats. This change in attitude by the residents should enable the civic teams to go about their action on Monday.
Karan Sethia, a resident, said: "We have been fighting our case within the framework of the system and we will continue to do that."
The teams led by Anand Wagralkar, deputy municipal commissioner, and Keshav Ubale, assistant commissioner, G/South ward, were prevented from entering the Campa Cola compound for a third day on Sunday.
The BMC had filed a police complaint against the residents for preventing the civic teams from carrying out the orders of the Supreme Court and officials had warned them of further action.
Meanwhile, two residents fainted on the premises on Sunday, apparently due to fatigue and stress, and they were treated in hospital. Five residents have died in the past year. Two of these death happened in the past one month.
The residents have also appealed to the President of India to intervene in the matter on humanitarian grounds. In a mercy petition under section 143, which concerns the right to life, they have mentioned about residents who are ill, the stress on them and asked the President to help them.
Residents will have to pay cost for delay
The Campa Cola residents will have to pay the cost for delaying the civic body's action. "We have conveyed to the residents that they would be charged for any monetary loss caused due to the delay," said Keshav Ubale, assistant commissioner, G/South ward. He explained that each day personnel and machinery were pressed into service and were not allowed to perform their duty was a waste of time and money and all this would be billed to the residents.