“We are requesting BMC to hold demolition activity, on humanitarian grounds till Supreme Court hears the case on Tuesday," said Vidya Srinivas, resident of Campa Cola.
With the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the residents' petition on Tuesday 3rd June the SC lawyer representing Campa Cola has sent letters to Municipal Commissioner, BMC and to the The Dy. Chief Engineer, in-charge of building proposal drawing their attention to the latest developments and he has requested the authorities not to take any action against the residents until they hear from the Supreme Court.
“We are hoping something positive will come out from the hearing and the future of our families and children will be saved” said Nandini Mehta, another resident of Campa Cola
The Campa Cola compound apartments were constructed on land leased to Pure Drinks Ltd in 1955, which was permitted by B.M.C in 1980 to develop it for residential purposes. Pure Drinks along with unscrupulous builders, Yusuf Patel, B.K. Gupta and P.S.B Construction Co erected seven buildings, two of which were high-rise buildings of 17 and 20 stories. During the construction period, the authorities issued notices to the builders to stop work. The builders were fined and they paid the penalty and resumed work. After the construction was completed nobody prevented the buyers from occupying their apartments or the buildings from forming co-operative housing societies.
Unaware of these violations, the residents bought the apartments believing that they would get the occupation certificates in due course, as was the norm 25 years ago. Since 2005 the residents have been in litigation with B.M.C. trying to defend their homes and save their families from being thrown on the streets.