Campa Cola residents to ask new CM to step in and save their homes

  • Helly Thakkar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2014 18:27 IST

Beleaguered residents of the controversial Campa Cola Compound have decided to submit a petition to newly-appointed chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, seeking his help and intervention in regularising their illegal flats in the housing society in Worli.

Residents have been heartened by the Supreme Court’s recent statement that it is not averse to any possible relief given by the new government to the residents of the society.

“We are very positive about [support from] the new government. The BJP has always stood by us and has understood our woes. Mr Fadnavis himself had supported us earlier, during our protests. We hope that our long ordeal comes to an end,” said a resident, requesting anonymity.

The resident also mentioned that under section 53 of the MRTP Act, there is a clear provision for regularisation of unauthorised properties.

“The important question is, why the civic body is not regularising the flats?” he said. Residents added that so far, their complaints had fallen on dead ears, but with a new government in the state, they could see a ray of hope to save their homes.

They insisted that the structures they have been trying to save from demolition have floor space index (FSI) within the permissible limits in the area they occupy.

They pointed out that out of the 97 flats to be demolished, 87 fall within the permissible FSI limits, and so can be regularised. They want to convey this to the new government.

The residents are now planning to submit a clarification request to the Supreme Court, in response to its recent observations.

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