Many residents of the seven buildings in Campa Cola compound stand to lose multiple houses they had bought there.
For example,flat numbers 1202 and 1203 in the 17-storey Orchid Apartments were bought in the name of Devyaniben J Tibrewal. Both are on the unauthorised 12th floor and are slated to be demolished.
In the same building,Suresh Sancheti,a businessman,had bought two adjacent 1-BHK flats at a cost of about Rs 9 lakh in 1987. He later amalgamated them to create a 3-BHK. Relatives had advised me to buy adjacent flats as it is easier to join them later to accommodate the whole family. Now with both flats receiving demolition notices,I cannot go anywhere. I have invested my life savings in these flats. I will refuse to leave the flats even if the demolitions start on Thursday, said Sancheti.
Sancheti said people did not look at credentials of builders and the building plans in those days. They blindly bought multiple flats with their relatives,he added.
Khamanchand Agarwal also invested in two flats 1501 and 1502 in Orchid. In the same building,a company Neha Implements Pvt Ltd holds two flats,1102 and 1103.
While most residents who own flats in these buildings run their businesses,some are doctors or prominent personalities. Demolition notice to flat 802 in Esha Ekta Housing Society states that the flat is owned by singer Lata Mangeshkar. While the flat is in her name,residents said her relative Adinath Mangeshkar resides here. The society lists her as the owner of the flat and Adinath and Krishna Mangeshkar as members.
In some cases,flats are owned by joint families who later joined the apartments. Many flats in the building have been bought by brothers or relatives. If they are demolished,entire families will be homeless, said Nandini Mehta,member of the Save Campa Cola campaign,who owns flat 1002 in Midtown. Her husband owns flat 1001 on the same floor.
The Campa Cola residents association has also received support from local BJP MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha. The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing & Industry (MCHI-CREDAI),an umbrella organisation of real estate developers,has also extended moral support to residents.
More than 400 residents are now bracing themselves for the demolition of the flats in 35 illegal floors in seven buildings.