Mumbai: Deadline for Campa Cola complex residents ends today; no solution in sight

According to reports, the residents have refused to hand over keys to the authorities and are still expecting some solution.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 12, 2014 11:35 am
 A woman waits near luggage to vacate a residential flat in the Campa Cola society at Worli in Mumbai ahead of forceful eviction and demolition as per SC order. (Source: PTI) A woman waits near luggage to vacate a residential flat in the Campa Cola society at Worli in Mumbai ahead of forceful eviction and demolition as per SC order. (Source: PTI)

The deadline for the Campa Cola complex residents in Mumbai ends today. The Supreme Court had last week rejected a plea of the residents to stay the eviction until their curative petition is decided.

According to reports, the residents have refused to hand over keys to the authorities, and still expect some solution to the problem.

The authorities and the residents have failed to resolve the issue, even as Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had on Monday said that the government was open to any solution within the ambit of law.

“I am open to any option or solution on the Campa Cola issue within the ambit of the Constitution and the law,” Chavan had said.

He, however, added that the state government would not intervene. “In the present context there seems to be no solution within ambit of the law. I am open to discussion and deliberation on any option not in violation of the SC judgement.”

Meanwhile, noted singer Lata Mangeshkar and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray came out in support of the residents. Both Lata and Thackeray had termed the move as “unjust”.

Expressing her anger over the issue, Lata had tweeted: “I want to say only one thing to the Maharashtra government with regards the Campa Cola compound. If the homes of these residents are razed, thousands of people will be rendered homeless, that includes children and senior citizens.”

Thackeray had said that the residents must not bear the brunt when the builders and administrative officers are responsible for the issue. He had said, “I am not just talking about Campa Cola. There are several illegal buildings in Thane as well. But why should the residents bear the brunt when they have nothing to do with it. When will the builders and administrative officers responsible for such unauthorised structures be punished and sent to jail?”

“The action against the Campa Cola residents is completely unjust and should be stopped,” he added.

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  1. R
    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:30 am
    First time i am supporting shiv sena !!
  2. J
    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:32 am
    it is not fair to push the residents out of the building. for many.. it is their life time savings .. Govt should intervene and fine the builder. New flats should be given for the residents by the builder in a new location..
  3. S
    Jun 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    The real truth is that the BMC allowed the builders to construct an illegal building and allowed them to sell them to the ordinary citizens .Once the is complete BMC is coming back and demolish the building saying its illegal .How come the BMC allowed to register the of such an illegal building to these people.When people buy thse buildings ,the ordinary people have no means to know whether that building is legal or not. This building was constructred in 1980 and it took 24 years for the BMC to identify this as illegal.How the authorities allowed the of such an illegal construction the ordinary people ?When the illegal builder made his money ,they are demolishing it saying you can sue the builder .What a joke ?
  4. A
    Jun 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm
    Dear friend, how much time will courts take to decide about compensation from builders and what about punishment to government officer(were they sleeping)?
  5. I
    India Jyot
    Jun 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm
    sue in the individual capacity as your ociation leaders may be bought by the builders lobby.Each one of you has an individual right to sue.
  6. I
    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:03 am
    Real Estate in India is in total mess. The builders, politicians of all parties, govt agencies are all in the same page of looting the helpless middle cl. No regualtions has come to protect the buyers from these corrupt builders and officials. Middle cl has to come forward and fight for it's rights. I am with the Campa Cola complex residents .
  7. S
    Susheel Sukhraj
    Jun 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm
    Agree with you that they should be given a new house by the builder. But to continue in the same building which is illegal is not right. It will encourage others to go the same path on the pretext of Campa Cola case.
  8. S
    Susheel Sukhraj
    Jun 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm
    Rule of Law treats the thief as well as the purchaser of stolen goods equally. Whatever is illegal should be demolished, and the residents can sue the builder for compensation by approaching the courts. If we allow this one to remain, we will have more Colas in future. If Adarsh Colaba is illegal, so is this. If you resided in this building for so many years, that is the failure of redressal of issues in India, we should have nipped it in the bud. You residents enjo in an illegal building, and just because you bought an illegal flat does not make it illegal, and just because you resided in it for years, that is enough for you to leave now, because you enjo it for many years despite of being illegal.
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