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BMC gives two days relief to Campa Cola on plea

In a major relief to the residents of Campa Cola Society, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday gave them two days time to vacate the premises after family members of the sixth dead person, Vinod Kothari, urged for it.

Kothari, the first resident of Worli’s Campa Cola Compound, passed away yesterday, after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest.

Local residents claimed Kothari (83) suffered a heart attack due to mounting stress after the BMC served a notice intimating occupants about its demolition.

In a fresh show of protest, residents after being served with eviction notices refused to hand over their flat’s keys to BMC officials even after the June 12 deadline.

They have erected a shed in the compound of Midtown Apartments to protect themselves from rains while in transit.

Residents also placed a set of conditions before the Maharashtra government and the BMC, with clauses like ‘no law will ever be passed by the government to regularise illegal construction in the city’, and that all illegal structures in the city would be demolished.

Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had assured BJP MP Gopal Shetty that the Campa Cola society would not be demolished during the monsoons and the state government would take Advocate General’s opinion over the matter.

The BJP MP had argued as to why was the entire building being demolished if only some portion of it was illegal.

Chavan had agreed to consult the Attorney General on what can be the legal option for the state after the apex court order.

In the case of the Campa Cola complex, built in 1981 to 1989, the builders, who were originally allowed to build only nine buildings with five floors each, went on to construct an additional illegal 96 flats.

What followed were a series of court cases, which culminated in the Supreme Court order on June 3 dismissing the plea of residents of illegal flats against the earlier order asking them to vacate their premises by May 31.

Over 100 illegal flats are to be razed by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

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