MUMBAI: The deadline for vacating illegal flats in Worli’s Campa Cola compound lapsed at 5pm, June 12, but not a single resident submitted keys to their ward office, as asked by the BMC. The civic body now plans to enter the premises on June 17 to cut electricity, water and gas connections, following which it will start demolishing the internal walls of the flats to make them uninhabitable.
From June 14 to June 16, the BMC will issue notices to the residents under section 488 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, which would allow civic authorities to initiate action. The residents have sent a letter to the BMC, stating they would vacate their flats if 14 demands are met (see box).
The Supreme Court had ordered the residents to vacate their homes by May 31. It also quashing their plea for an extension. Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani said the BMC will file contempt of court petitions against residents who will resist BMC officials on June 17. “We will cut essential supplies. Even during monsoon, work on demolition internal walls in the flats will continue,” he said.
The BMC will ask for police protection for the demolition work. The cost of the work will be Rs 2.2 crore, which the civic body plans to recover from the housing society. “Demolition of the exteriors of the flats will start only after the monsoon and adequate care will be taken so that the structural soundness of the legal flats and the stability of the buildings are not hampered,” said Adtani.