Mumbai: The municipal authorities and the residents of Worli’s Campa Cola Society are poised for another face-off today as the officials of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will attempt to enter the premises of the Society again to try and evict the residents of illegal flats in the society.
Sources say that BMC officials may consider using force.
On Friday, some 500 residents, led by women, barricaded themselves in to stop civic teams that arrived with cops to cut off water and power supply to prepare grounds for their eviction in keeping with a Supreme Court order.
A number of RPI workers carrying party flags were present outside the gates and BJP leader Shaina N.C. was seen engaged in animated discussions with the municipal authorities and residents, who said they would continue their peaceful protest and oppose any move to evict them.
A ‘havan’ is also being performed within the compound seeking divine intervention to save the illegal flats from demolition where occupants have been living for close to three decades.
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai authorities had recently prevented the society from even erecting tents in the compound.
Sources in the MCGM said that they would not use force to enter the premises to disconnect essential supplies. The proceedings, they said, were being video recorded and would be used as evidence against the residents in the Supreme Court as and when the authorities move with a contempt petition.
The Supreme Court had on June 3 dismissed the plea of the residents of illegal flats in the Campa Cola Housing Society against an earlier order asking them to vacate their premises by May 31.
The bench had also rejected the submission that at least the illegal flats be not demolished till the time the apex court decides the curative petition of residents association in the case.
Altogether 102 illegal flats in the compound are to be demolished.
Meanwhile, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told reporters in Bangalore that though the government had sympathy for the residents, nothing could be done after the Supreme Court ruling.
“We have sympathies for these residents but what can be done after the Supreme Court passed an order. We do sympathise with them. I have spoken to my officials to see if the residents can be given more time,” he said.