Defiant Campa Cola residents on Friday thwarted attempts by municipal authorities to cut off essential supplies to the illegal flats by blocking their entry into the compound by locking up the gates and forming human barricades.
With the deadline set by authorities for vacating the flats ending, officials of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) descended on the compound this morning with a large police contingent in tow, only to be greeted with closed gates and women pleading with folded hands, asking them to go away.
Watch video: Campa Cola residents block gates, refuse to vacate
High drama was witnessed as MCGM officials argued with implacable residents of the upscale housing society in Worli to let them in amid repeated chants of “we want justice”.
The authorities beat a retreat after two failed attempts to convince the residents and said they would try again on Saturday.
“We will try to talk to the residents 2-3 times more and make them understand the importance of the Supreme Court order. If they do not relent, we might use force to carry out the court’s orders,” Mohan Adtani, Additional Municipal Commissioner told PTI.
Adtani said MCGM will also file a contempt petition in the Supreme Court in the next few days.
The Campa Cola Housing Society told the Bombay High court that it was ready to file a fresh plea for deemed land conveyance before the Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies and to make Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai a party.
Earlier, the society had taken a stand that MCGM had no say in respect of issuance of deemed conveyance.
Counsel for the society, Prasad Dhakephalkar, today sought time to seek instructions from his clients as to whether they are willing to file fresh application after making MCGM and Pure Drinks parties to the proceedings.
The court granted time till June 24.