Campa Cola Compound Case

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Campa Cola Compound Case
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CourtSupreme Court of India
Full case nameBMC Vs. Campa Cola Residents
Image of the compound from one of the buildings

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.[1][2][3][4]


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.[1] 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.[2] The society is occupied by around 230 families who have been residing there for over 25 years.[3] It has seven buildings namely Midtown Apartments, Orchid Tower, Patel Apartments 7A & 7B, Esha Ekta Apartments, BY Apartments & Shubh Apartments.[4] The Supreme Court on 30 May 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 31 May 2014.[5]

On 20 June 2014, BMC arrived at Campa Cola Compound to cut the essential services like water, electricity and gas.[6]

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.[7]

Support from the public and political parties[edit]

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.[8]

See also[edit]

  • Universe Within, a 2015 Canadian web documentary about citizen engagement in highrises, including the Campa Cola Compound.[9]


  1. ^ a b "SC slams door on Mumbai's Campa Cola Compound residents, BMC set to demolish illegal floors". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Agencies (13 November 2013). "Campa Cola housing society: SC stays demolition till May 31, 2014". Economic Times. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Vasudevan, Vaishnavi (13 November 2013). "SC stays razing of Mumbai's Campa Cola building till May". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b Ghosh, Shamik (13 November 2013). "Campa Cola society demolition put on hold as Supreme Court steps in at eleventh hour". NDTV. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Supreme Court Declines to Stay Campa Cola Demolition; Agrees to Hear Plea on Tuesday - NDTV". Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Campa Cola residents gear up for fight on eviction day" (in Hindi). Archived from the original on 23 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  7. ^ "BMC to cut-off power, water supplies today - Hindustan Times". Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  8. ^ Kalwar, Pooja (12 June 2014). "'We'll hand over keys when other illegal buildings are demolished'". Mid Day. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  9. ^ Wells, Jennifer (7 June 2015). "Bridging social divides in a highrise world". Toronto Star. Retrieved 8 June 2015.

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