Tents in Campa Cola society to be razed

Mumbai : Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani on Thursday said that residents of Campa Cola society in Worli have not taken permission from the BMC for erecting tents as temporary accommodation. “We will send our officials to check the work going on inside the Campa Cola compound, and following their report, we will issue a stop work notice to them. We can also remove the tents following that,” Adtani said.

According to officials, the BMC can initiate action under section 351 of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Act, 1888. However, the civic body will wait for two more days, to let the residents hand over the keys of their flats.

The BMC will circulate notices to 96 illegal flat owners in the next couple of days. So, the BMC will be able to commence demolition operations in the society at the earliest after a week’s time.

Meanwhile, the residents have erected tents and have begun storing their personal belongings in the same while planning on a ‘hold out’ against the demolition of their residential building. According to them, they still are the lawful owner of the land. One of the residents, said, “We are still fighting on several grounds. It is sad to know that the BMC is troubling like this when the monsoon is approaching. We will resist any attempt by the BMC, as we have nowhere else to go.”

A BJP leader present on the site told FPJ, “We are trying to get in touch with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to discuss the Campa Cola residents’ issue. We hope to figure out the best solution for them, and atleast try to ensure that they are given extended time till the monsoon season gets over.”

As per the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1888, all the powers lie in the hands of the BMC. However, if in case a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) or a Member of Parliament (MP) tries to save the structure, the civic authority can file a police complaint against them.

A senior official of BMC said, “If any corporator also tries to save the structure, action will be taken against him/her which will also lead to disqualification from their post.”

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