MUMBAI: Members of the beleaguered Campa Cola compound in Worli have expressed relief after the chief minister on December 20 assured them of help. Privately, however, they are relying more on their review petition that comes up for hearing before the Supreme Court on January 6.
Given that Justice G S Singhvi, who had passed the demolition order, retired from service on December 12, residents are hoping the new bench of judges will take a “sympathetic view” towards them. Society members Yogesh Doshi and Vinod Tibrewala see signs of promise in the days ahead.
“We have got hold of the BMC’s internal communication which shows the authorities had plans to regularize the illegal flats by levying a penalty. We did not possess these documents during our earlier legal battle, but we will furnish them before the new bench. We are willing to pay to utilize the unused FSI,” said Tibrewala. Doshi is optimistic as the CM has instructed the civic authorities to come up with a solution to regularize the illegal flats.
Usha Samdaria, whose flat also faces demolition, said, “We discovered the full truth of the BMC’s wrongdoings after filing applications under the RTI Act. Was it possible for a lay person to get government documents before 2005?”