Will use force if Campa Cola residents do not cooperate: MCGM
Armed with the supreme court order dismissing a plea of residents of Campa Cola compound against demolition of their flats
Mumbai: Armed with the supreme court order dismissing a plea of residents of Campa Cola compound against demolition of their flats, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) today said that it would not hesitate in using force to ensure that flats are vacated by occupants.
“Use of force is the last thing that we will do. If it (eviction) is happening peacefully, it’s welcome. (However) if the eviction does not happen peacefully, there is no other option than to use force. But why should there be any confrontation?” Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani, in charge of the demolition of flats, told.
The apex court had yesterday dismissed the resident’s petition to stay the demolition of their flats till the court decides on a curative petition filed by the residents.
“Under the SC directives, the residents are legally bound to vacate their flats, but if they fail to do so we might use force against them as last resort,” he said.
Seven high-rise buildings of Campa Cola Housing Society in South Munbai were constructed between 1981 and 1989. The builders had permission for only six floors. However, one of the compound buildings, ‘Midtown’, has 20 floors and another building, ‘Orchid’, has got 17 floors.
As many as 102 illegal flats in the seven buildings will be razed.
Adtani said that the residents have realised after the supreme court order that they have entirely lost the case.
The MCGM had asked the residents to hand over the keys of their flats and vacate them. The deadline expired on June 2.
“So far they (residents) had thought that they will find a (legal) solution (against the eviction). But after yesterday’s court order they (the residents) have probably realised that they have lost the case completely, and have started vacating (their flats). This a sign of new hope for us,” Adtani said.
Adtani said that the civic body will take a call on starting the demolition process after it assesses the number of flats being vacated by residents.