The Supreme Court sought on Monday a response from the Maharashtra government and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on whether owners of the illegal flats at Worli’s Campa Cola housing society could be given another chance to save their homes.
The apex court issued the notices on the plea of residents who wanted to have negotiations with the government and the civic body to resolve the matter.
“We have not received the notice from Supreme Court yet. Once we get it, we will study it and the further course of action will be decided after that,” said a civic official.
The notices, however, have given the residents new hope. “We hope the BMC now comes with a positive reply and our houses are regularised. Until now, the BMC has been dismissing our plea to regularise the flats without giving any proper reason. We hope they will clear the issue with proper explanation now,” said a resident of one of the illegal flats.
The residents will decide on their next step only after BMC submits its reply to the Supreme Court.
Earlier, during the vacation, the SC had declined relief to the flat owners against the earlier order asking them to vacate the premises by May 31. It had even rejected the submission that at least the illegal flats not be demolished till the time it decides on the curative petition of the residents.
The court had on November 19 last year asked the flat owners to vacate their houses by May 31 as no specific proposal could be worked out to provide them space in the compound for construction of a new building. On February 27 last year, it had ordered BMC to demolish the illegal flats. Later, on October 1, it refused to re-consider the earlier order and set November 11 last year as the deadline to vacate 102 illegal flats.
However, as the November 11 deadline approached, the residents protested the eviction. The court then took note of the media reports and extended the time till May 31 for vacating the premises.