Campa Cola: First battle won, residents plan next move
While the residents of the Campa Cola compound in Worli have been granted five months to evacuate their houses, their battle is far from over, Vaishnavi Vasudevan and Kunal Purohit report.mumbai Updated: May 03, 2013 15:35 IST
While the residents of the Campa Cola compound in Worli have been granted five months to evacuate their houses, their battle is far from over.
They plan to look at every option available — from redevelopment and builders’ involvement to the legal possibilities — to save their houses.
Hindustan Times had, on Thursday, reported how the residents were proposing to redevelop the society and had started consulting builders.
Taking it a step further, the residents are contemplating appointment of architects to come up with a plan, even as they await the Supreme Court’s verdict on their review petition against the demolition order issued in February.
“We don’t plan to use the next five months to think of alternative housing. We want to put in maximum efforts to get our flats regularised. We will approach every official and explore all legal options,” said Yogesh Doshi, a committee member of the Midtown Apartments in the Campa Cola Compound.
Dr Sushil Makharia, resident of Esha Ekta apartments, said, “The battle is won, but the war remains. We are exploring every option possible to ensure that every member gets a flat.”
Meanwhile, Thursday saw high drama as the residents refused to let the civic body’s demolition teams into the compound.
When they reached the spot at noon, residents formed a human chain and blocked the gates. From relatives of society members to students and maids, hundreds of people joined the protest. Politicians also visited the site to show support.
As the verdict staying the demolition was pronounced, the residents ended their 24-hunger strike and began celebrations with music and crackers.
“Our fight to save our homes will continue,” said Nandini Mehta, spokesperson of the complex.