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Mumbai: Campa Cola residents to pay for demolition of their homes

Kunal Purohit, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 29, 2013
First Published: 01:09 IST(29/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:11 IST(29/4/2013)

Residents living in the 140 illegal flats at Worli’s Campa Cola complex are at the risk of losing not just their homes, but also a lot of money.


Once the flats are razed, the civic body will collect the cost of the demolition from those residents, which could be anywhere between Rs.2.5 crore and Rs.3 crore.

The Brihanmumbai Muni-cipal Corporation (BMC) has said that it would start demolition on Thursday. It will be conducted in three phases and is likely to continue for six to seven months.

“Because of logistics, we plan to begin demolition on May 2,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner.

BMC chief Sitaram Kunte confirmed that the demolition tab would have to be picked up by residents. “A recent Supreme Court judgment has made it mandatory for public bodies to charge those involved in illegal constructions the cost of demolishing them,” he said.

As reported in HT, the BMC’s eviction order and move to raze the illegal constructions follows a February 27 SC order instructing it to demolish the 35 floors spread across seven buildings in Campa Cola compound as these flats had been built without requisite permissions.

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