The hopes of Campa Cola society residents received a major fillip on Thursday as the Maharashtra government noted that the society would not be demolished during the monsoon season.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan 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 agreed to consult the Attorney General on what can be the legal option for the state after the apex court order.
The government order comes as a respite for over 100 residents who live in the nine buildings in the Campa Cola society.
Their deadline to vacate the premise was to end today and they were to vacate their apartments as per the Supreme Court order.
The plea of residents of the building living there for years, located in suburban Worli, was rejected by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Their plea sought a stay on the demolition of their flats till the court decides on their curative petition, which is to come up for hearing next month.
The curative petition, quoting information received through RTI, says that the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the state had decided to regularise the illegal construction in 1985.
Earlier, CM Chavan had said said that the state government would not intervene in the issue, but he was willing to consider any proposal provided it is in the legal framework and did not affect the Supreme Court order regarding the razing of the flats.
Over 100 illegal flats are to be razed by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.