Time has run out for over 100 residents of the Campa Cola society in Mumbai as the Brihanmumbai Municpal Corporation has issued notice to them to hand over keys by June 2.
Sunanda Verma, a member of the Campa Cola society, said, “We are not asking for laws to be made or to be changed. We are not squatters.”
As the deadline to vacate their flats came to an end, the residents are anxious about their future. With no solution in hand, many residents are still hopeful that they will be able to save their homes.
A resident said, “I cannot explain what we are going through.”
The BMC has cracked the whip over the Campa Cola society residents. If the residents failed to hand over the keys, the Corporation is likely to approach the Supreme Court.
The apex court had earlier ruled that residents of the illegal flats must vacate by May 31. There are 35 illegal floors with 96 illegal flats.
Politicians till now have offered nothing but lip service. However, residents are hopeful that Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will give them a hearing.
Another resident said, “We are hopeful. We were told to vote for Narendra Modi as he will come up with a solution.”
It’s unlikely that civic officials will forcefully evict the residents unlike last time when the civic body was criticised for the inhuman approach. But residents insist that even if one family is homeless, everyone will stay put.