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Maha CM seeks Attorney General’s view to save illegal Campa Cola buildings

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The state government is ready to rehabilitate occupants of illegal floors of the housing society on the same lines of rehabilitation of residents in suburban Mumbra

campa-cola-300x194Mumbai: With few hours remaining for the demolition of illegal floors in the Campa Cola housing society here, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said he has asked Union minister Milind Deora to seek the opinion of Attorney General G E Vahanvati “to save the buildings”.

“Advocate General Darius Khambatta’s views on the housing society is negative. There is no question of going against the legal framework. I have asked Milind Deora to get Attorney General’s opinion to save the building,” Chavan said.

He said the state government was ready to rehabilitate occupants of illegal floors of the housing society on the same lines of rehabilitation of residents in suburban Mumbra.

Chavan also clarified that the state government will not issue any ordinance, which he said may face the same fate as the one issued by the Centre to save criminal politicians.

Bringing up of such an ordinance was proposed by affected residents of the society and from some legal experts. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its notice to the society had said it has organised demolition of illegal floors on November 12.

As many as 100 families are occupying 35 illegal floors in seven buildings of the housing society. Various parties, including the Shiv Sena-BJP which rules the BMC, have extended their support for the cause of the residents, saying they will oppose the razing.

Shiv Sena and BJP have threatened to join agitating residents when civic body employees carry out the demolition tomorrow. Meanwhile, residents of illegal floors in Campa Cola Compound vowed to keep up their fight when BMC initiates demolition process tomorrow.

On October 1, the Supreme Court ordered the residents to vacate illegal flats, above the fifth floors of six out of seven buildings on the premises, by November 11, while occupants of Shubh Apartments will have to move out by November 30. Mumbai Police yesterday issued a notice to the residents under section 149 of CrPc warning them of appropriate action in case of any law and order problem during razing.

PTI

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