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Gloom at Campa Cola compound as residents prepare to vacate flats

The Campa Cola apartments were constructed on land leased in 1955 to Pure Drinks Ltd.

A pall set over Worli’s Campa Cola compound Monday as residents of the seven buildings in the compound vacated their flats ahead of the BMC’s plan to demolish 35 illegal floors in the compound on October 3.

Twenty-nine-year old Shilpa Rathi says her father has high blood pressure since the time he learnt of the Supreme Court ruling that illegal floors,all floors above fifth,will be razed.

“My father had initially decided to buy a flat on the third floor back in 1984. Instead,he had bought a flat on the sixth floor. Today that is the only reason we are being thrown out,” Rathi said. Rathi’s family members will now stay at her 1BHK flat in Wadala,where she stays with her husband.

Another resident,Suresh Sacheti,whose flat is on the 17th floor,said,“We have to leave the house in a day and we have nowhere to go to . If we get no help,then I will have to take my family back to my native place.” His son Adhip,22,who is pursuing a course abroad,said,“I used to come here during my vacation. Now,I will have nothing to come back to.”

“As per the SC order we will leave our homes. We have always paid taxes and never broken the law. We have been made victims for someone else’s fault,” said another resident on the condition of anonymity.

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The Campa Cola apartments were constructed on land leased in 1955 to Pure Drinks Ltd,which was later permitted by BMC in 1980 to build residential apartments. Pure Drinks and three builders went on to build seven apartments,two of which were high-rises of 20 and 17 floors. Although the civic administration had ordered the builders to stop with the construction work,they continued with it after paying fines. The residents,who bought houses more than 20 years ago,say they were unaware that the construction violated BMC norms.