Mumbai : A much-needed respite came for the residents of the Campa Cola Society in Worli as the Supreme Court directed Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati to find a solution to the issue in consultations with Mukul Rohatagi and based on the fresh information that came to light through a RTI query filed by the residents in BMC. A bench of Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya and Justice Kurian Joseph gave Vahanvati two weeks to look into the new material.
Vahanvati appeared on behalf of BMC, while Mukul Rohatagi is the legal counsel for the Campa Cola residents.
The issue of Campa Cola has been in news for quite some time after the Supreme Court had ordered the demolition of illegal floors that resulted in a stand-off between the BMC demolition crew and the residents on November 13, 2013. The court had then stayed the demolition action in a suo moto decision till May 31, 2014.
The residents expressed their happiness over the new development and said they are awaiting with bated breath what unfolds out of this.
“We are extremely positive and hope that all the concerned parties will come to an amicable solution out of these discussions,” said Nandini Mehta, a resident of Campa Cola society. “We are very hopeful of a positive outcome,” she added.
She also said that Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had gone on record in the House to say that he wants to find a solution to the issue.
According to her, all political parties have said that they support the residents.
“Even BJP’s Vinod Tawade has brought the issue up,” said Mehta. “And we are getting support from NCP’s Sachin Ahir, ” she added.
Another resident of the society Vinod Tibrewal also expressed his hope about the future.
Recent devpts in the case
l 13th November 2013: A stand-off between BMC demolition crew and the residents of Campa Cola occurs. After watching the images of police action, the Supreme Court takes a suo moto decision of postponing the action till May 31, 2014.
Tells the residents to submit undertaking that they will vacate the flats by then.
l 22nd November 2013: Residents of the society reportedly agree to give the undertaking.
l 14th December 2013: The residents claim that they have got access to some BMC documents through RTI that says that the illegal structure should be regularized after charging a penalty. The penalty amount, according to the residents, was calculated to be about Rs 11 lakh. Mukul Rohatagi, Society’ legal counsel, makes a submission in the Supreme Court in this regard.
l 20th January 2014: The Supreme Court asks Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati and Campa Cola Society legal counsel Mukul Rohatagi to sit together and try to find solution to the issue at hand in two weeks.