Mumbai : As the countdown for the eviction of Campa Cola compound residents have started, the State Government has almost chosen not to do anything to prevent the demolition. While Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has decided to seek the opinion of Attorney-General of India, it is now clear that nobody can stop the demolition scheduled to start on Tuesday.
On behalf of residents, an all-party delegation led by MP Milind Deora, Anil Desai and Members of Legislature Vinod Tawade, Sachin Ahir, Amin Patel urged Chavan to find an immediate legal way out. But CM expressed his helplessness saying that he has to follow the Supreme Court’s order. “ The delegation gave me a memo-randum. I have asked our legal team to study what we can do on this front,’’ Chavan said while speaking with FPJ. When asked whether he has ruled out the option of ordinance, he said, “ I will wait for legal opinion and then will take a final call.’’
Congress MP and MOS in Union cabinet, Deora said, “ The CM has assured us that he will do his best. He has promised to seek the opinion of Attorney-General.’’ But when asked about the fate of demolition as AG’s opinion will take time, Deora said, ‘’ the demolition will continue on Tuesday. Residents will have to cooperate with authorities.’’ The police has decided to provide heavy protection to BMC officials for demolition work.
“Around 300 policemen will be deployed for the bandobast at the Campa Cola compound on Tuesday morning while BMC officials will carry out their demolition work. An additional force of 100 policemen will be kept on standby and if there is their need they will be roped in”, said Vinayak Deshmukh, DCP Zone III.