SC stays Campa Cola demolition, may consider plan for separate building

CampaColaFighting a legal battle since 2005, Campa Cola colony residents said they were duped by the builders and will be on the roads if their flats were pulled down. (IE Photo)

The Supreme Court will take up the hearing of Campa Cola case case on November 19, reports said.

In a relief to hundreds of agitating residents of Mumbai's Campa Cola society, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed forthwith the demolition of unauthorised flats in the compound till May 31, 2014.

Staying the demolition, the apex court also agreed to consider the proposal of constructing a separate building in the premises for those whose apartments are to be demolished.

"We were badly disturbed by the development that is taking place at Campa Cola premises in Mumbai," the court said.

Pronouncing its order, the SC said: "Apart from legal issues, there is also a human problem in the case."

Meanwhile, the Attornery General told the court that he will come up with a proposal for a permanet solution. The AG is likely to submit the proposal by Tuesday.

Following the order of the apex court, the residents of the illegally-constructed complex began celebrating.

This came after overcoming strong resistance by residents of the illegally constructed Campa Cola Compound , the officials of Mumbai Police on Wednesday morning forcibly entered into the compound and evicted the protestors forcibly.

The police, along with BMC officials, demolished the gate of the complex, which was blocked by residents, with the help of bulldozers. Following which, they began demolishing the illegal construction.

This came even as the affected families braced for a face-off and blocked entry by parking vehicles near the complex gate. The residents alleged that they have been singled out for action despite over 55,000 illegal constructions in the city.

The Supreme Court had set November 11 deadline to vacate 102 flats declared as illegal. Families living in the compound had pinned their hopes on Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan stepping in and saving their homes by passing an ordinance to regularise their flats.

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