Ahead of a possible face-off between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities and the Campa Cola Society in Worli, worried residents performed a fire ritual on Friday.
The BMC is supposed to begin the building's demolition today, by disconnecting power, water and gas supplies to all illegal flats. The BMC had earlier given a May 2 deadline to the residents. Residents had then stood their ground and did not move out.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Mumbai North East, Kirit Somaiya, criticised Maharshtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and the Congress Party for their inability to save the society.
"This is nothing but insensitivity and lack of political will. Had there been anyone else other than Prithviraj Chavan, then he would have saved the society. No matter how many ministers the Congress Party changes, all are the same. They all work to save and help ministers and scamsters in making money," said Somaiya.
"Now, the people of Maharashtra are keen to bring a BJP Government in the state," he added.