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SC asks Campa Cola residents to vacate by May 31

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 05, 2014
First Published: 13:46 IST(5/5/2014) | Last Updated: 00:13 IST(6/5/2014)

The Supreme Court on Monday declined relief to the residents of illegal flats of Campa Cola Society in Mumbai and said they would have to vacate the premises by May 31.

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A bench headed by justice SJ Mukopadhyaya dismissed the petitions filed by the residents requesting regularisation of the illegal constructions. This was the residents’ last attempt to save their flats from getting razed after the top court last year rejected their plea against the municipal corporation’s demolition order and also a review plea.

Despite their review being dismissed, the residents had approached SC in January this year. “So far as the government is concerned, it can do anything. We do not want to say anything,” the court had said.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the petitioners, said it was a human problem and, therefore, the court should give residents some more time to submit their proposal.

Residents had appealed to Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, asking him to bring an ordinance — or an executive order — to save the homes.

Residents have been fighting a legal battle since 1999, when they first went to the Bombay HC for water supply and regularisation.

The compound consists of a total of seven buildings which have 96 flats across 35 floors which will have to be demolished according to a February 2013 SC order. These demolitions will affect 140 families which reside in these flats. All these buildings had permissions to construct only five floors. But the developers constructed 35 floors illegally, including two buildings which are 17 and 20 floors storeys high.


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