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Campa Cola Society: Bollywood's legendary Director Shyam Benegal supports residents
The Campa Cola society residents in Mumbai did not allow the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) officials to enter in the compound today. BMC officials and employees had went there to cut the supply of water, power and sewer connectivity of 102 illegal flats as per the directions of Supreme Court that has ordered demolition of the flats.

The residents of these illegal flats formed an human brigade and blocked the gates. The BMC officials had to return in wake of the tough protest by the residents. The officials tried to convince the Campa Cola residents for an hour after which they left the building premises as residents continued to protest at the gate and restricted the entry of demolition team in the compound.

BMC officials said they will brief the municipal commissioner on the events and discuss the next course of action."We will discuss further actions with higher officials and police authority," Anand Waghralkar. We will come back after discussing the matter with them," he added.

Meanwhile Bollywood's legendary director Shyam Benegal has supported the residents of the Campa Cola Society whose flats are to be demolished. He said that there should be some mechanism to rehabilitate these residents.

“My opinion on this issue is simple and straight forward. What is the fault of the people residing over there? It is the builder who should be punished? Mumbai is a place where getting an accommodation is very difficult. If the court decides and says that there are many flaws in the building, then how it can be the fault of the people residing over there? The residents are not at fault and, I think they should be compensated,” said Benegal.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has clarified that in wake of the Supreme Court's very strict and specific orders in this case, no political interference is possible, as reported by Hindustan Times.

Union Urban Development minister Venkaiah Naidu also said that due to court's orders nothing can be done.

“What can we do after the court orders that is a issue, we have sympathy for those people but now it has gone an advance stage. I have spoken to my officials but they said that at this stage we cant intervene but I asked them to study the whole case to see if the residents can be given more time.”

Since morning, leaders of various political parties like BJP's Shaina NC, Mangal Prabhat Lodha; RPI activists, MNS party workers and NCP leaders were present at the spot to support the residents.

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