There is a travesty of Justice happening in the Campa Cola Compound, Worli, Mumbai.
On 11th November, 2013 – “Demolition date”, hundreds of mumbaikars will be thrown out on to the streets from homes they have been living for more than 25 years. Where will they take their parents? How do they shelter their children? Having lost their homes, the residents will die a living death. This is not a demolition, but a mass murder.
This is not an ordinary demolition of slums built on encroached land. In fact, slums built prior to 1995 have actually been regularized and provided alternate accommodation. The law-abiding residents of Campa Cola Compound are at fault because they pay property taxes, because they paid stamp duty and registration charges.
The residents are being made accountable and punished for a crime they are not responsible for. While the builders responsible for unauthorized development have been spared
These residents will be rendered homeless, without any compensation or alternate accommodation. The irony is that only 10% of the area marked for demolition is in violation of FSI limits, while 46% is within the permissible FSI limits. Despite their best efforts the residents have been unable to fight the Builder-Corporation nexus to justify their case.
The residents are victims of a system that needs correction. The law has been applied but justice has not prevailed.
As per the official records, there are over 55,000 buildings in the city of Mumbai that are unauthorized. Today it is Campa Cola, tomorrow it could be you. The system needs to be changed, and only you can bring about that change.
Help bring about that change. Help save hundreds of lives from being rendered homeless.
- Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Shri Prithviraj Chavan
On November 11, 2013, the residents of Campa Cola compound will be evicted from their homes.
These are law abiding, and tax paying citizens who are nothing but victims of a horrible system.
The builders flouted and violated norms. They kept flat purchasers in the dark of the violations. The employees of the Municipal authorities turned a blind eye. All of them get away scot free. But 102 innocent families are punished. And it’s not small punishment - It’s the loss of a home, a roof over their heads that was purchased legally. For the bread earner in the family, isn’t this punishment nothing but a Capital punishment ?
Is this fair?
The Campa Cola residents in Worli do not deserve such a fate.
We believe that you are vested with powers to find a solution within the legislative framework to this impending tragedy.
You must act, and act now. It will be a victory of righteousness over the lobby of builders and Corporation officers in collusion.
We residents of India, and fellow Mumbaikars support and stand by the 768 residents of the Campa Cola compound.
Please do not deny them justice. Please save their homes. We know you can do it.
We look forward your prompt action.
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