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Desperate Campa Cola residents rally public support

Since the missed call campaign started on Friday morning,5,000 calls have already been recorded.

Written by ABDULLAH NURULLAH | Mumbai | Published: October 13, 2013 2:48:01 am

With only 30 days left for their homes to be demolished,anxious Campa Cola residents have turned to newer methods after all their legal options ran into a dead end following an adverse Supreme Court order.

“Please support the residents of Campa Cola…,” reads the first line of the text message that is part of a “missed call campaign” started by a team of 15 youngsters residing in the Campa Cola compound.

Residents have also produced and uploaded online three short films that document their plight. With representatives from Campa Cola camping in the national capital to plead their case further,the younger lot back home has taken to the new media to rally public support.

Since the missed call campaign started on Friday morning,5,000 calls have already been recorded. “We plan to take the missed call records to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,” said Nandini Mehta,one of the team members.

“The films document testimony of the suffering residents. We are in talks with TV news channels for screening them,” said Niall Sadh,who produced the short films.

All doors shut for the residents on October 1 when Supreme Court delivered its final order in the case,directing the BMC to raze illegal floors of the seven buildings in the compound.

The final order was delivered even after SC directed residents on September 11 to approach “authorities concerned” for regulating land that falls within the permissible FSI limit. One of the residents said,“When we went to the BMC with the September 11 order,we were told they had not received any such instructions from SC.”

Meanwhile,on October 5,a magistrate court in Dadar ordered a probe against three builders accused of selling illegally constructed houses to the residents.

An FIR was registered after a Campa Cola resident filed a complaint stating that the builders had sold him a flat in 1993 with allegedly false documents. With all floors above the fifth in all seven buildings in Campa Cola compound set to be razed on November 11,the probe against the builder has been ordered to be completed by December 30.

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