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Campa Cola residents get to live another day, literally

Sunday, 8 June 2014 - 6:27am IST | Agency: dna

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday gave another day's breather to the residents of the illegal flats in Worli's Campa Cola compound for handing over the keys of their homes to the civic body.

The BMC had earlier announced a three-day breather (June 9-11) to the residents to hand over the keys. The civic body was supposed to issue a notice intimating the residents in this regard on Saturday. That notice will be now issued on Sunday and Monday, the municipal authorities said. This, in effect, means the residents should surrender their keys only by June 12. "We had prepared a letter to be issued to the residents about the breather. But its content had to be modified in line with June 3 Supreme Court (SC) order, dismissing the residents' plea for a stay on the demolition," additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani said.

Civic officials said none of the residents facing eviction have surrendered the keys till Saturday. They reiterated the BMC will serve notice under section 488 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1888, after June 12, if they don't surrender the keys. The notice will intimate residents about BMC men entering the building premises after a stipulated period, which could be 24 hours minimum.

There are 96 illegal flats across seven buildings in the compound. The SC ordered the demolition of these flats in February last year.

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