Campa Cola compound residents pleading with the BMC officials not to cut power, water and piped gas supply to the illegal flats.
Campa Cola compound residents pleading with the BMC officials not to cut power, water and piped gas supply to the illegal flats.

Mumbai : The Campa Cola residents once again refused entry to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) officials when they came to cut the water and electricity supply to the illegal flats in the building. The BMC is going to make another attempt at the exercise on Sunday morning.

The residents remained around and within the compound and performed the religious rituals on Saturday, just like they had done on Friday.

The BMC officials came at the Campa Cola compound at 11.30 am and asked the residents to open the gate. Women and girls with folded hands were seen pleading with them from behind the grilled gates, locked and secured with bamboo poles, to understand the ‘humanitarian crisis’ and go away.

Then the officials again came at 2 pm and requested the residents to open the gates. But residents still did not budge.

“We have been requesting the residents to let us perform our duty but they are unrelenting. We are leaving for the day but will come back tomorrow and continue our efforts to convince them to let us do our job,” Deputy Municipal Commissioner Anand Waghralkar told reporters.

“The residents are performing ‘yagya’ inside the compound. They should understand that all it will not work with government officials who have to perform their duty,” he said.

MCGM had, on Friday, filed a complaint against the residents accusing them of obstructing the authorities in discharging their duties. They had submitted video recordings of Friday’s exercise when the occupants had thwarted their attempts to enter the compound to cut off essential supplies.

“Once we examine the footage provided to us, we will take action,” an officer at Worli police station said.

BJP spokesperson Shaina N C was trying to mediate between the residents and civic officials. She said that the officials told her that they would come tomorrow only to cut gas and electricity supply.

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