(Pics) Campa Cola: Gates down, middle-class crushed under corruption

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Mumbai, Nov 13: Incessant protests by residents of Campa Cola compound in Mumbai did not melt the hearts of the authorities as the SC, the Maharashtra Government sat idle when they protested and pleaded to save their entire lives' savings.

The gate that the residents had barricaded since yesterday, not allowing the police authorities or BMc to enter, has been bulldozed. The residents mal-treated and pushed out of their own homes, the one question that each of them ask: Where do we go now?

The government has rehabilitation plans for the slum dwellers, but surprisingly in this case, there is no back-up. The questions why? when? how? seem immaterial for the residents now and all they want is justice and a few basic questions to be answered.

1. Is this the way law-abiding citizens are treated?

Senior citizens and patients have been dragged out of the compound. Women have been beaten up and the teenagers protesting for their rights have been pushed into police vans.

2. Tax-payers and no back-up?

Citizens who have been paying their taxes on time, without fail, aren't they entitled for a back-up? Where is the rehabilitation for us? Slum-dwellers are given accomodation when their illegal shacks are being bull-dozed. But, we have bought these homes with proper legal papers and our hard-earned money.

3. Why is the government idle?

A youngster wearing a 'Save Campa Cola' jacket says,"It shows clearly what out government. Democracy here is a sham. The government is supposed to solve problems not create new ones. Where was it when the builders flouted norms and built the compound. Where was BMC when the building stood here since the day it was built."


Let us understand that the CM Prithviraj Chavan could have intervened at this point with an ordinance, legalizing the compound. But, he did not, citing the SC' order and that he did not want to ser a wrong precedent. He said,"The BMC action is according to the Supreme Court verdict. We are trying to give some relief to the occupants. We are in touch with our legal counsel. Can't talk on what our next step would be."

4. Wasn't demolishing the 102 illegal flats enough?

BJP MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha said that the residents were willing to give away 22 flats for demolition, on condition that the rest of the compound is spared. It is still unknown why the entire building had to be bulldozed.

These questions are not enough, especially when the authorities are to answer to the tears of the middle-class man that is clearly a victim to the political-builder nexus in the country.

In Mumbai

Policemen stand near an earthmover as residents of Mumbai's Campa Cola housing colony block the entrance to their colony in Mumbai on Tuesday. Residents of the colony locked and barricaded themselves inside the compound, refusing to let civic and police officials enter for a demolition drive after a court deadline to vacate the flats ended.

In Mumbai

A policeman stands in front of a gate blocked by residents of Mumbai's Campa Cola housing colony in Mumbai on Tuesday. Residents of the colony locked and barricaded themselves inside the compound, refusing to let civic and police officials enter for a demolition drive after a court deadline to vacate the flats ended.

In Mumbai

A policeman gestures towards a woman in front of a gate blocked by residents of Mumbai's Campa Cola housing colony in Mumbai on Tuesday. Residents of the colony locked and barricaded themselves inside the compound, refusing to let civic and police officials enter for a demolition drive after a court deadline to vacate the flats ended.

In Mumbai

Policemen gather outside the Campa Cola Compound as its residents protest against the demolition of their houses in Mumbai on Tuesday.

In Mumbai

Residents of Campa Cola Compound protest against the demolition of their houses in Mumbai on Tuesday.

In Mumbai

Residents of Campa Cola Compound protest against the demolition of their houses in Mumbai on Tuesday.

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