November 11, that’s the date that is on the minds of all the affected families at the Campa Cola compound in Worli it’s the last date they have to evacuate their families. Residents have been making all efforts to garner support from everywhere. Yesterday, they saw some hope when several politicians showed up at the premises to support their cause. Minister of State for IT and Shipping Milind Deora, Congress MLA Amin Patel and MNS MLA Bala Nandgaonkar made an appearance yesterday.
Milind Deora, who came in the afternoon yesterday, was of the opinion that residents should not lose hope. He said, “I have been in constant touch with the CM and I can guarantee that there is an intent to save the compound, as the last time we spoke, he said he also wanted to save the houses. But there are some legal aspects that need to be looked at, which is being done. I am hopeful, and even the residents should be hopeful till the end.” He also told inhabitants that he and his party were in complete support of their cause.
World Human Rights Council (WHRC) also pledged their support. The organisation is affiliated with the National Human Rights Council and the United Nations Organisation. Members of the council understood the matter in detail and have promised to approach the Constitutional Bench for Human Rights to ask them to consider the case.
Though the members did not want to go against the Supreme Court’s judgment, they wish to approach the Constitutional Bench with a plea asking to provide alternate accommodation to the affected people. Sujit Kumar Tulo, director operations, India, WHRC, said, “We got a call from our head office in Delhi to take up this matter on priority. There are gross violations of human rights, as the fundamental rights have not been considered. An approach to the constitution bench can prove fruitful, as we are not asking for stopping the demolition, but for alternate accommodation. They are nowhere at fault and yet are becoming homeless.
If we get an earlier date in the court, we will be able to postpone the date of the demolition.” Uttam Dhawale, western zone director of WHRC, added, “According to the Constitution of India, every taxpayer has the right to shelter. The society has paid property tax and all other taxes. When the floors are demolished, people will be rendered homeless, which is a violation of a constitutional right. Hence we will approach the constitutional bench and ask that the government should provide alternate accommodation before pulling the structure down.”
Vidya Srinivasan, resident of Campa Cola, said while alluding to the CM, “There is support flowing in from everywhere, but the important person is still quiet. We expect him to do something in our support. We have hopes after what the WHRC has told us, and even the politicians are trying things at their level. But with only three days left, we are very scared.”