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SC breather for Campa Cola residents

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Campa Cola Compound Worli, India real estate news, Indian realty news, Property new, Home, Policy Advocacy, Activism, Mall, Retail, Office space, SEZ, IT/ITeS, Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Project, Location, Regulation, FDI, Taxation, Investment, Banking, Property Management, Ravi Sinha, Track2Media, Track2RealtyTrack2Realty: In a reprieve for 140 families of Campa Cola Compound at Worli spending sleepless nights over the sword of demolitions hanging over their head, the Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 1, posted a special leave petition by a group of residents for hearing on Thursday.

The petitioners moved the Supreme Court against a Bombay High order dismissing their plea seeking stay on the 48-hour notice served by BMC to demolish the 140 flats.

Senior advocate Fali Nariman moved the apex court. The Bench that heard the Campa Cola residents’ case had passed its verdict on February 27, 2013 directing BMC to demolish the apartments.

BMC on its part served a notice to the residents to vacate the premises within a short time of 48 hours as the civic body planned to carry on demolitions Monday onward. Subsequently, the BMC action was put off till tomorrow for inadequate ability of police protection.

With the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the residents’ petition tomorrow, advocates representing them have sent letters to BMC and the concerned assistant engineer in charge of building proposal, Parel, Mumbai  at G/South Ward drawing their attention to the latest developments. The advocates have also requested the authorities not to resort to any coercive action against the residents as the petition is slated to be heard at 2 PM tomorrow.

In a last ditch effort to save their homes, the residents have appealed to all top authorities including the Maharashtra Government and BMC to take a realistic view of the crisis and save the families from going homeless over night.

The housing society has appealed to the Government to regularize the 35 floors in question so that residents do not lose their biggest investments – their homes. They are also exploring options for amalgamation of their plot with an adjoining plot, which is part of slum rehabilitation project.

“We have spent our hard earned money on our flats and we have been living here for well over 25 years paying all municipal taxes,” said a senior citizen wondering as to where will he go as his house faces BMC’s hammers on Monday.

This unprecedented move is the biggest demolition undertaken in the city by the BMC and threatens to bring hundreds of people, including many senior citizens, infants and young children, on the streets. The 35 floors in question house over 900 residents in 140 flats spread across seven buildings in the society. Many of these residents have been living in the society for over 25 years and will have nowhere to go as they do not own a second home in the city.

“We are being traumatized for no fault of ours. We have regularly been paying property taxes, registration fees and cooperative society fees, yet we are being targeted in this manner. We sincerely hope that better sense prevails and justice is done,” said one of the residents.

Unscrupulous builders let of victimising 200 families residing in 25-year-old buildings

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Campa Cola Compound Worli, India real estate news, Indian realty news, Property new, Home, Policy Advocacy, Activism, Mall, Retail, Office space, SEZ, IT/ITeS, Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Project, Location, Regulation, FDI, Taxation, Investment, Banking, Property Management, Ravi Sinha, Track2Media, Track2RealtyTrack2Realty: A builder nexus will render 200 families homeless or with uninhabitable apartments. The B.M.C. has issued notices to 140 residents to demolish all structures above the fifth floor of the seven buildings in the Campa Cola Compound, Worli.

The residents, many of whom are senior citizens or have young children, have lived there for more than 25- years. They bought the apartments legally and duly registered, while the cooperative housing societies have paid property taxes in full to the government, to date.

The 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. Without getting the plans approved, 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.

Strangely the SC verdict delivered on the 27th of February, 2013, has instructed the BMC to pursue the demolition notices issued to all flats above the fifth floor. In the verdict the SC has even condemned those portions of the structures that are within permissible limits for regularization. The area threatened with demolition is far in excess that is beyond the permissible FSI. They have also included the water tanks and the lift rooms. While the demolition will destroy the homes of all the families with flats above the 5th floor, those below it will have to suffer without water and lifts besides tolerating dust and noise pollution created by the demolition.

The litigation was necessitated as Pure Drinks Ltd who by manipulating the syste, misguided the courts as well as the BMC, sold the balance smaller portion of the land, on which stands the now defunct Campa Cola factory, to Krishna Developers. The perpetrators of the crime have a double advantage. The additional FSI that shall accrue as a result of the unreasonable demolition of area that is within the permissible limits, in the 7 residential buildings, de-housing the ignorant flat purchasers, will eventually go back to Pure Drinks Ltd and they will be able to once again encash the same by redeveloping that much area.

Interestingly the demolition order contrasts sharply with the laws applied to the Ulhasnagar buildings or the Mumbai slum dwellers and forest land encroachers who were permitted regularization if they could prove occupancy from 1995.