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With residents opposing the demolition, the demolition teams of BMC may not be able to begin the actual demolition of the illegal floors today
Campa Cola Society in Worli area of Mumbai witnessed tense moments on Tuesday as over 100 families barricaded themselves and refused to move out of the compound. However, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC), the civic body, initiated action to disconnect power, water and gas connections before going in for demolition of illegal floors as per the orders from the Supreme Court.
Kishore Kshirsagar, deputy commissioner, BMC told reporters that "Three teams of the BMC have entered the building to disconnect water, gas and electricity connections. The residents had given an affidavit that they will evict their flats by 11th November".
"Our officials will see whether they have vacated their flats and accordingly disconnect the water, gas and electricity connections," he said.
"The residents are opposing the demolition. We are trying to handle the situation peacefully and avoid using force," he said.
Several police personnel have been deployed at the spot to prevent any untoward incident, Kshirsagar said.
The demolition teams of the civic body have also reached the spot but the actual demolition of the illegal floors is unlikely to take place today, a civic official said.
Since the morning, the residents parked their vehicles near the gate, blocking access and said they would not allow civic staff to enter the premises.
The apex court had set the 11th November deadline to vacate 102 flats declared as illegal. Families living in the compound had pinned their hopes on Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan stepping in and saving their homes by passing an ordinance to regularise their flats. However, the CM is reportedly does not want to go against the legal opinion of the advocate general.
The apartments in the Campa Cola Compound were constructed on land leased in 1955 to Pure Drinks Ltd. Pure Drinks was later allowed by the BMC in 1980 to build residential apartments. Seven high-rise buildings were constructed at the compound between 1981 and 1989 by developers Yusuf Patel, PSB Constructions and BK Gupta.
Illegal floors of Midtown Apartments, Esha Ekta Apartments, Shubh Apartments, Patel Apartments (two buildings, six floors each), BY Apartments and Orchid Apartments comprise 140 flats. While the builders were granted permission for ground-plus-five floors, Midtown has 20 floors, Orchid has 17, Esha Ekta has eight, Shubh has seven while BY and Patel have six floors each.