Campa ruling will help BMC with other such court cases
Nov 21, 2013
Source : The Times of India


MUMBAI: Civic officials and activists feel the Supreme Court judgment in the Campa Cola society case will affect several cases related to illegal constructions that are already in the courts.

The BMC, in the last 10 months, detected over 8,300 illegal constructions in residential and commercial buildings across the city, but most of these notices were challenged in courts by the owners or occupiers.

According to BMC records, there are over 56,000 illegal structures in the city, and their owners or occupiers have been embroiled in legal battles with the civic body for several years now.

These illegal structures have come up in violation of building, forest and environmental laws. Some of them have been built on plots falling under the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ).

YP Singh, activist-lawyer, said the Campa judgment will help in the several cases of illegal constructions pending in courts.

“It’s a landmark judgment, where the judicial order will be followed by definite action. Earlier, there have been judgments, but very little action. This judgment will not only be cited in other pending cases of illegal constructions but will also instill fear in developers who violate the laws,” he said.

Officials said several unauthorised constructions have been detected in the Andheri-Juhu belt in particular and even though the process of action has been initiated, no real action has been taken because cases have been pending in courts.

Atul Kumar, an activist from Kurla who has been filing complaints against illegal constructions, said the apex court judgment will deter developers and also be an eye-opener for flat buyers.

“One must check with a developer if all permissions are in place before agreeing to make a purchase,” he said.

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