Making it clear that his Government would not save Campa Cola building, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said that Government would not legislate for a single building.
Replying to criticism by BJP state unit resident Devendra Fadanavis that Government did not do anything in six month’s time given by the Court, Chief Minister Chavan said that the resident knew that it is unauthorised and after the matter reached High Court and Supreme Court, it was ruled in 2013 that the illegal flats would be demolished. He pointed out that the Supreme Court also has stated in its order that no state authority should intervene in this matter and carry out demolition.
Chavan also added that there is no point in criticism of Government inaction in six months, since the period was given for the residents to vacate the flats before demolition. Taking in to account Diwali festivities the demolition was not carried out and six months period was given, he said.
Replying to a question whether Government would save the Campa Cola by taking the issue in the cabinet chief minister said, "The residents want Government to legislate in this regard to save the building, but then question is what would be done if residents of 66 thousand unauthorised constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad approach us with the same demand. Government can not legislate for a single building."
He said that the Government has come out with cluster scheme for the same and are seeking the legal opinion on this issue. Chief minister made it clear that after Swadheen Kshatriya committee submitted its report which mainly dealt with unauthorised constructions in rural areas, he has constituted a committee under Mumbai commissioner Sitaram Kunte to look in to urban unauthorised construction issues.
Mumbai civic officials, residents face off at Campa Cola society
17 days after the Supreme Court rejected a petition by the residents against its earlier order asking them to vacate the flats, officials of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) reached the complex along with the police to cut power, water and piped gas supply to the illegal flats. However, they were prevented by slogan-shouting residents of the Campa Cola Housing Society in upscale Worli, who closed the iron gates and placed bamboo poles to prevent them from entering. "After issuing notices to the residents of Campa Cola under Section 488 of the MCGM Act, the deadline for the residents to vacate their flats has ended today. We have only come to cut off the water, electric and gas supply of the residents," an MCGM official present at the site said. Read more