May 3, 2013

INDIA: The Campa Cola Compound Residents In Mumbai Are Fighting To Remain In Illegal Constructed Apartment Buildings. I Understand They Need Homes, But What About Their Safety?! JAIL The Developer!

DNA India
written by Eknath Makne
Saturday May 4, 2013

Says it'll remain vigilant so that they don't try to scuttle SC order.

The Campa Cola Compound residents might have managed to get a breather from the Supreme Court (SC) and are looking at options to save their homes, but the civic officials say they have none.

As per the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday, the Worli residents will have to submit an undertaking within four weeks before it, saying they will not make any move against the order and vacate the unauthorised flats within the stipulated five months.

“While we honour the court’s directive, we are looking forward to the undertakings they submit,” a senior civic official said.

“The residents will have to stick to what they say in the undertaking. They have to vacate flats within five months and they can’t look at the regularisation option anymore,” he added.

Residents said they would make every effort to save their homes. They are also banking on the review petition filed after the SC’s previous demolition order. But, there is no guarantee that it would be heard within the next five months.

The official added that the corporation would immediately point out any move that the residents take which is in contempt of the SC ruling and the BMC would take action based on the apex court’s orders.

Reacting to the reports that residents would try to amalgamate the seven buildings to an adjacent open plot in the compound area to gain floor space index (FSI), officials pointed out that the building still doesn’t have Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) permissions, making the move a futile exercise.

Besides, redeveloping the societies will be a time-consuming affair, for it will first require permissions from Maharashtra Costal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA).

“Even if residents contemplate redeveloping the societies, they will have to get the authority’s permissions as the area is near the sea. Only if they get an NOC from the authority, they can seek permissions from the BMC, which is a long process. This means, vacating the flats looks more likely,” he said.

Looking at options

A group of residents called on a senior leader of a ruling party in the BMC a few days ago to discuss the options before them, including redevelopment. “After the illegal floors are demolished, the legal occupants will approach the BMC seeking permission for redevelopment on the pretext that the building has become weak. Even if the redevelopment plan is approved, it will take at least two-three years to materialise. So, for now it seems, they will have to vacate the illegal flats,” sources said.

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