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No Diwali for Campa Cola residents

Residents of Worli’s Campa Cola compound,where BMC is set to demolish illegal floors on November 11,have decided to stay away from Diwali celebrations this year.

Residents of Worli’s Campa Cola compound,where BMC is set to demolish illegal floors on November 11,have decided to stay away from Diwali celebrations this year.

The civic body has said it will raze all floors above the fifth in the seven buildings in the compound. In solidarity with their affected neighbours,residents of the first five floors too have decided not to light diya or burst crackers.

A fifth floor resident,Natasha Malhotra,said,“On last Diwali,our compound was filled with diyas and noise of crackers. Eighty per cent of the residents are Hindus.”

After failing to get relief in the Supreme Court,the affected residents over the last three weeks have reached out for public support through human chains at Marine Drive and Worli Seaface. People from all faiths have visited the compound to pray for the residents.

The missed call campaign started by the student community in the compound last month has recorded more than 13,000 calls. One of the organisers of the missed call campaign,Nandini Mehta,said,“We visited about 50 housing societies in Worli to gather support for our cause. We have support from all around the country and even worldwide.”

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Filmmaker Paromita Das,an Emmy Award winner from Toronto who is in Mumbai for a film shoot,also met the residents to show her support. Das is researching on a short film she plans to make on the plight of the residents. “We are observing the plight of the people and trying to understand the nature of the problem,” she said.

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