Residents vacating their homes for demolition had put it up to stay on in the society premises; BMC has asked them to pull it down if they are unable to submit proof that the structure had official permissions
There seems to be no end to troubles of residents of the disputed flats in the Campa Cola society in Worli.
After the Supreme Court turned down their plea to let them stay in their homes, the homeowners, who will have to vacate their flats, had decided to stay on inside the society compound under a tent.
THIS IS ALSO ILLEGAL: BMC has asked residents to provide proof that they have received permission to put up this tent. Pioc/Emmanual Karbhari
However, the Brihanm-umbai Municipal Corporation has deemed this as an act of encroachment.
The tent had been erected after raising funds from inhabitants of the legal floors in all seven buildings of the society. Those rendered homeless after evacuating their apartments had decided to take shelter under it — in fact, it was even supposed to have fans and mattresses. mid-day had reported on this in its June 6 edition (‘Residents to camp in common tent until civic body forces evacuation’).
Taking objection to this, the BMC has sent a notice to the residents, asking them to remove the tent.
According to the notice, the residents are required to present, within 24 hours, an official permission for setting up the tent, by a competent authority.
A failure to do so would invite action against residents of the illegal flats and the tent shall be removed.
Residents have written an application to the civic body on Friday, after erecting the tent, seeking permission for the setup on humanitarian grounds, considering monsoons is around the corner and most of the affected people are senior citizens. The letter requests authorities not to take away the tent that has been erected in a legal compound.
We usually erect tents during festivals and weddings. We don’t take any permission from the BMC during that time.
— Sandeep Gupta, resident of an illegal flat in BY Apts
It will be a torrid monsoon for us, with us being homeless and this tent also being threatened to be taken away. We do not have any place to stay. We are not doing anything wrong in the tent. BMC should understand and not make it difficult for us to survive.
— Kamal Parikh, another resident
A letter has been written to seek permission from the civic authorities, so residents can shift after forceful evacuation.
— Vidya Srinivasan from Midtown Apartment