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Updated: June 5, 2014 00:06 IST

Campa Cola compound residents get a week to move out

Sukhada Tatke
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A demolition worker seen outside the Campa Cola compound in Mumbai. File photo
A demolition worker seen outside the Campa Cola compound in Mumbai. File photo

The civic body will carry out forceful eviction if they fail to vacate

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Wednesday decided to give the residents of Mumbai’s Campa Cola compound a week’s time to hand over the keys and possession of their flats. If they fail to do so, the civic body would carry out forceful evictions and demolition.

The decision was taken at a meeting of senior officials which took place at the municipal headquarters to chalk out the plan of action.

“We will start issuing notices to the residents on Saturday asking them to hand over their keys. If they fail to do so by next Wednesday, we will serve notices asking why we shouldn’t enter their premises and take action according to Supreme Court directives,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner M.M. Adtani.

The civic body, however, has not yet received any response for the demolition tenders. But the process will begin by cutting gas, water and electric supply to the residents of the illegal flats, said officials.

The civic body had asked residents to vacate their homes by May 2. The residents failed to do so and appealed to the Supreme Court citing “fresh evidence” in their favour.

The apex court, however, dismissed the plea on Tuesday. It held that the residents could not be deemed to have been all that innocent as they had bought flats known to be unauthorised.

Some move out

Some residents of Campa Cola started moving out on Wednesday. A day after the belongings were brought out of their homes, some went to stay with their relatives and friends. Some others are planning to put up tents on the premises and move there once the civic body issues notices.

“We have had no communication with the civic officials yet. We will go to the tents once we know when they are coming to demolish our homes,” said resident Vidya Srinivasan.

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