With the Bombay high court ruling in its favour in the Campa Cola complex row, the civic body on Tuesday began preparations for the May 2 demolition in full swing and started roping in labourers, fire brigade officials and police personnel.
To sort out the confusion over the eviction, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will also issue eviction notices to residents of 19 unauthorised flats who had not been sent notices last Friday, while residents of more than 100 other flats had.
The BMC had claimed that these 19 were in the original list of evictees and had been given notices in 2002 for FSI violations.
The demolition will be carried out in phases, spanning over 9 months, during which 140 unauthorised flats across 35 floors of seven buildings will be razed.
In a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the plan, the BMC asked for more police assistance. With so much opposition to the demolition drive, the BMC sought armed policemen to ensure peace is maintained. “We have sent our demolition plan to the Mumbai police, which has extended support,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner.
Help has also been sought from the Mumbai Fire Brigade in case of short circuits or fires caused by loose electric wiring during the demoliton.
The BMC has already appointed 80 labourers, who will demolish the bathrooms and the kitchens in the first phase.
The civic body will also try to get residents on its side, “In case the residents agree to cooperate, our labourers will help them with the evacuation process. However, if they do not relent, we might have to initiate action against them,” he added.
According to civic officials, the materials and sophisticated equipment for undertaking the demolition have already reached the G-south ward office (Campa Cola complex falls under its jurisdiction).
“The gas and electric connection will be deactivated in the first phase of the demolition. The cost incurred for this demolition will have to be reimbursed by the society,” added Adtani.