Campa Cola compound demolition begins Monday

Protests by residents notwithstanding,BMC is determined to demolish 35 unauthorised floors in the Campa Cola compound in Worli.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 27, 2013 2:40:45 am

Protests by residents notwithstanding,BMC is determined to demolish 35 unauthorised floors in the Campa Cola compound in Worli. Following a 48-hour notice issued to the housing societies in the compound Friday,it will proceed with the demolition Monday.

“The residents have been given enough time to relocate. There will be no extension or relaxation as one must follow the Supreme Court order (of last month),” said Mohan Adtani,additional municipal commissioner. Earlier this week,the municipal commissioner told Newsline the SC judgment was landmark and BMC would not tolerate illegal buildings.

In 1984,the civic administration had issued a stop-work notice to the Campa Cola buildings that have added floors illegally. SC ordered demolition of the irregular floors on February 27 and said the residents could not approach a government or political body for regularisation of the structures.

As a last resort,the 140 families filed a review petition on April 1. They claimed the BMC notice was short.

“Where was BMC all these years when we were paying property tax. There is definitely politician-builder nexus,” said Rohit Malhotra,head of Campa Cola Compound Residents Association.

The residential apartments built on land leased to Pure Drinks in 1955 received BMC approval for development in 1980. “Without getting plans approved,Pure Drinks and builders Yusuf Patel,B K Gupta and P S B Construction Company raised seven buildings,including two of 17 and 20 floors,” said Malhotra.

The litigation was necessitated as Pure Drinks sold a portion of the land housing the now-defunct Campa Cola factory to Krishna Developers.

“The additional FSI generated as a result of the demolition will eventually go back to Pure Drinks and they will be able to once again encash it by redeveloping the area,” said Malhotra.

SC has ordered demolition of floors in seven buildings — Midtown,Esha Ekta Apartments,Shubh Apartments,Patel Apartments (two wings),B Y Apartments and Orchid.

While the builders were granted permission for ground-plus five,Midtown went up to 20,Orchid up to 17,Esha Ekta up to eight,Shubh up to seven and BY and Patel up to six floors.

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