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Campa Cola residents find temporary homes

Vaishnavi Vasudevan, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 25, 2014
First Published: 00:28 IST(25/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:32 IST(25/6/2014)

With the process of disconnecting the utility services of illegal flats at Worli's Campa Cola compound underway, residents have started shifting to temporary homes in areas such as Breach Candy, Napeansea Road and Colaba.

While some residents have moved out to rented accommodations, others chose to stay with relatives, and a handful relocated to their farmhouses outside the city. Most of them said would not move to the suburbs to avoid commuting woes.

By Tuesday, the second day of the demolition process, the BMC had finished disconnecting the electricity supply to all illegal flats, while work on disconnecting water and gas supply was underway.

The tents that had been put up by residents to stay in, if evicted, were not occupied for even a day. The tents will be dismantled soon. 

Nandini Mehta, who a resident of Midtown Apartments, said she has relocated to her parents' home in Worli. "We will have to shift to areas near Breach Candy or Colaba, as my children go to work and school at Fort."

A few residents continued to stay in the compound, managing with candlelight and emergency lamps. 

MA Nawab, a resident of Orchid Apartment, said he would relocate to the distant suburbs. "I am going to look for a flat in Andheri or Mira Road. This was my only investment and I can't afford to pay rent in the city anymore."

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