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Mumbai's Campa Cola Society: Last day to vacate illegal flats; residents refuse
102 flat owners in Mumbai's Campa Cola Society, who have been asked to vacate their illegally constructed houses have to do so by 5 p.m. today. Though it's the last day of the notice given to the illegal flat owners by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, BMC, but the residents have decided not to do so.

They have refused to hand over keys to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC). The illegal flats in the complex which had been built in the early 80s by Pure Drinks along with unscrupulous builders, Yusuf Patel, B.K. Gupta and P.S.B Construction Co, are set to be demolished.

Although Supreme Court has already given its verdict but the residents have refused to meet the deadline and threatened to pitch tents within in the compound premises and put up there only.

A year before this, the court had ordered families to vacate the building by May 31 so that BMC can demolish the building and take further steps. In this case several court hearings have taken place and date of flat demolition has been extended from May 31, 2013 to November 2013.

The residents have not stopped hoping that their flats would be regularised. Now they are expecting that Maharashtra govt may come to their rescue as the Assembly session is in progress.

However, the state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, as reported by NDTV, "Nothing can be done in Campa Cola case. Law will take its own course. Campa Cola's residents need to vacate illegal flats. The flats will be demolished soon."

Meanwhile melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, who owns a flat in the society has come into the support of residents who have to vacate their flats.

Her tweet says, "Namaskar.campa cola compound case ke baare mein main Maharashtra government se ek hi baat kehena chahti hun ki yaha ke makan todne se hazaaro log beghar ho jaayenge jisme kai bacche aur budho'n ka samavesh hai. Aaj tak 3 vyaktiyo'n ki jaanein is sadme se jaa chuki hai. Builders ki galti ki saza aam nagriko'n ko bhugatni pade ye anyaay hai.”

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