Campa Cola residents’ plea dismissed

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea of Mumbai’s Campa Cola resident’s association against the eviction and demolition of 102 illegal flats in the housing complex.

Last week, the top court had declined to stay the eviction of residents of unauthorised flats. The bench of justices Jagdish Singh Khehar and C Nagappan had, however, agreed to hear the matter on June 3 after senior counsel Vikas Singh told the court that it was a human problem as 40 families would be evicted. 

Seven high-rises were constructed at what is called the Campa Cola Compound, between 1981 and 1989. The builders had permission for only five floors, but constructed several more.

The residents have been fighting a legal battle since 1999, when they first went to the Bombay High Court for water supply and regularisation. The court asked city officials to investigate, and the municipal corporation then served demolition notices for all flats constructed above the fifth floor, which it said were illegal.


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