New Delhi :  The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Maharashtra government and the BMC on a plea of residents of the Campa Cola society seeking yet another chance to negotiate with the municipal body to save their unauthorized flats that they have been told to vacate.

The notice is returnable in two weeks. The owners of the unauthorized flats have contended that their structures can be regularized after payment of penalties and other charges. This is a complete U-turn by the apex court which had earlier refused to give any relief to the residents in Mumbai’s Campa Cola Housing Society against an earlier order asking them to vacate their unauthorised flats by May 31.

The apex court had also rejected the submission that at least the illegal flats be not demolished till the time it decides the curative petition of the residents association in the case.

The court had on November 19 last year asked the flats owners to vacate their houses by May 31 as no specific proposal could be worked out to provide them space in the compound for construction of a new building.

On February 27 last year, it had ordered the municipal body to demolish the illegal flats. Later, on October 1, it refused to re-consider the earlier order and set November 11 last year as the deadline to vacate the 102 illegal flats.

However, as the November 11 deadline approached, the residents protested the eviction. The court then took note of the media reports and extended the time till May 31 for vacating the premises.

Seven high-rise buildings of Campa Cola Housing Society were constructed between 1981 and 1989. The builders had permission for only six floors. One of the compound buildings, Midtown, has 20 floors and another building, Orchid, has 17 floors.

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