Mumbai : The BEST committee members, on Wednesday, requested for restoration of electricity connection for the Campa Cola residents whose flats have been declared illegal. The residents are living without any utilities. The committee members also strongly opposed the BMC’s decision of changing the street light at Marine Drive to LED, without an approval from the committee.

The power supply along with other utilities of about 100 flats constructed illegally and which did not have Occupation Certificate (OC) was disconnected on June 23 by the BMC following Supreme Court order of demolishing these unauthorised flats.

In the BEST committee meeting held on Wednesday, committee member Kedar Hombalkar explained that a clarification issued by the Supreme Court has stated that the State government can intervene and pass a reasoned order in the matter.

Hombalkar said, “Until a decision is reached by the State government, which has cleared that they are considering the case, BEST can provide the necessary electricity connection after signing an undertaking with the residents of the connection being on temporary grounds. Also, BEST can request BMC to restore the water connection which is cut as students’ exam period going on.”

Despite stating that he has not read the court orders which talks of the state’s intervention, Dr. Jagdish Patil, General Manager of BEST, while addressing the committee meeting said, “As we have received an order from BMC for the discontinuation of electricity earlier, I will inform them about the request made by the committee members for the restoration of electricity after signing of the bond from the residence.”

Meanwhile, Committee member Yakub Memon walked out of the meeting stating that the BMC gave the orders for the change of street lights from Sodium Lamps to Light Emitting Diodes (LED) without taking the committee into confidence or taking its consent.

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