Mumbai: The stand off between the BMC officials and the residents of Campa Cola housing society finally ended on Wednesday after the Supreme Court stayed the demolition of all illegal flats in the complex till May 31, 2014. Following the Supreme Court, the residents have got seven months to vacate the society. The apex court took suo moto cognizance of the matter and passed an order after media reports on the demolition. The court will pass a detailed order at 2 pm on action to be taken against the builder and relocation of the residents.
What is the issue?
According to reports the flats were built by one of Mumbai's original underworld don's Yousuf Patel.
The flats were sold at 1/3 of the market value.
Architect says some of the owners were aware of the fact that it was illegal.
Some others were fooled by the builders and some may have got forged documents.
Residents felt that they can get the flats regularized later.
Original architect's license was cancelled by the BMC in 1984..
An Ordinance can save the flats from demolition.
The Maharashtra government is hesitant to promulgate an ordinance fearing similar demands from other illegal colonies.
Who is at fault?
The builder, who built and sold the flats.
The BMC, which registered flats.
Some occupants who bought it even after they were aware of the illegality.
The Maharashtra government which failed to act earlier.
What is next?
The SC has extended the deadline till May 31, 2014.
Residents can continue to stay till May 31, 2014.
If the government finds a way out, demolition can be stopped.
The Maharashtra CM is under pressure to find a solution.
Residents hope that the government will something to resolve the issue.