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SC directs Campa Cola society residents to vacate

The apex court passed the order as Attorney General G E Vahanvati said, ‘after considering all aspects we are not in a position to work out any specific proposal’.

A Bench headed by justice GS Singhvi, which on  13 November had stayed the demolition of the unauthorised flats by taking cognizance of media reports, said it had taken the humanitarian ground into consideration to extend the date of demolition from 11 November, 2013 to 31 May, 2014 as the Attorney General had sought time to come out with a specific proposal for permanent solution.

‘Having considered the matter in entirety, we deem it fit to extend the period till 31 May by which the occupants must vacate. This is subject to the undertaking to be given by occupants within six weeks,’ the bench said.

It said ‘if no undertaking is given, the municipal corporation will be entitled to take action in accordance with the order of 27 February’.

The court on 27 February had ordered the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to demolish the illegally constructed flats and on 1 October refused to re-consider its earlier order and had set 11 November deadline to vacate 102 flats which were declared as illegal.

However, on 13 November, hours after over 100 agitated families clashed with the police while the civic squad was bulldozing its way into the premises, the apex court had stayed the demolition till further order,saying it was ‘badly disturbed by the development that is taking place at Campa Cola premises in Mumbai.’
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