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Meet the Campa Cola homeless: CEO to diamond merchant, MD to Editor

Phase-1 of the demolition of illegal Campa Cola flats started on Monday with BMC officials disconnecting power, gas and water connections.( Express photo by Amit Chakravarty) Phase-1 of the demolition of illegal Campa Cola flats started on Monday with BMC officials disconnecting power, gas and water connections.( Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)
Written by Alison Saldanha , Tanushree Venkatraman | Mumbai | Posted: June 24, 2014 1:28 am | Updated: June 24, 2014 8:31 am

As the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) begins phase-1 of its demolition plan for the allegedly illegal flats in the Campa Cola Compound, Worli, The Indian Express takes a closer look at 10 of the 89 illegal flat owners affected by the turn of events.

Five of these 10 flat owners are members of the core committee of the Campa Cola residents association and have been at the forefront of a year-long fight to protect the compound from demolition. They have been the faces of the ‘Save Campa Cola’ campaign, which has frequently appealed for sympathy over the past 13 months. The 10 flat owners either run successful family businesses, occupy high positions in private firms or are prominent personalities. In total, they own 23 flats.

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The Mehtas: 2 flats
Nandini Mehta, a member of the Campa Cola core committee, is the founder of a tea brewery business. Her husband Ajay Mehta is the joint managing director of a family-owned steel company based in Worli, involved in import, supply and manufacture of boiler quality steel plates. The company’s clients include Gulf Oil Corporation, the Aditya Birla group and Godrej. The Mehtas own two flats on the 10th floor of Midtown Apartments.

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The Srinivases: 2-level penthouse
V Srinivas, a urological oncologist, is a consultant at Hinduja Hospital. He and his wife Vidya, a journalism professor at Xavier Institute of Communication, stay in a two-level penthouse apartment on the 19th floor of Midtown Apartments, overlooking Worli Sea Face. Their two flats have been merged to accommodate a large garden on one level and an open space to entertain guests on the second level. They are members of the Campa Cola core committee.

The Jayakars: 2 flats
Devyani Jayakar is the Consulting Editor of Inside Outside, an architecture and design magazine under the Business India media group. Her husband Tibrewala is a child specialist, while her son Niall Sadh is a TV anchor with Pogo channel, which is part of Turner International India Pvt Ltd. The Jayakars own two flats on the 12th floor of Orchid Apartments.

The Vermas: 1 flat
Sunanda Verma is the founder of a family-managed footwear business and a member of the Campa Cola core committee. The Vermas own two footwear stores in Mahalakshmi and regularly host footwear exhibitions around the country. “We built this business continued…

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