| Supreme Court of India|| 2014|
| BMC Vs. Campa Cola Residents|
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Campa Cola Compound Case is based on the judicial process and the controversy over the Campa Cola Compound, an apartment complex in the southern part of Worli in South Mumbai, India.
Campa Cola Compound Case Wikipedia
The Campa Cola Compound was 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. Pure Drinks along with 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.
The residents claim that they bought the apartments with the understanding that they would get the Occupancy Certificates ("OC") in due course. The Supreme Court has held that the residents had purchased the flats knowing that they were unauthorized. Since 2005 the residents have been in litigation with B.M.C., trying to prevent the B.M.C from razing the building. The society rose to national attention because of a court judgment that deemed construction beyond five floors illegal and called for razing it down. The society is occupied by around 230 families who have been residing there for over 25 years. It has seven buildings namely Midtown Apartments, Orchid Tower, Patel Apartments 7A & 7B, Esha Ekta Apartments, BY Apartments & Shubh Apartments. The Supreme Court on May 30, 2014 declined to stay the eviction of the residents. As per an earlier Supreme Court order, the residents of Campa Cola society will have to vacate their apartments by May 31, 2014.
On 20 June 2014, BMC arrived at Campa Cola Compound to cut the essential services like water, electricity and gas.
On 22 June 2014, The residents after meeting with Chief Minister Chavan agreed to allow the BMC officials to cut the essential supplies and co-operate with officials to pave way for their resettlement.
Over the last two years the Campa Cola Compound Litigation has received mixed support from the public, political parties, as well as certain celebrities. Lata Mangeshkar and Raj Thackeray have extended their support to the inhabitants.