Housing Problems In India
Campa Cola Compound story.
Campa Cola Compound is a building in Mumbai (popularly known as Bombay) in India, that has been built by builders about 25 years back. The builders built 36 extra floors without the required approvals. Therefore the extra floors never got their water connection and the residents have been using private water supplier.
The residents bought the houses knowing that that due to lack of approvals,the rate for these flats were lower than the prevailing rate in the vicinity. The residents say that they went ahead with the purchases as they were told that the permissions will come through in due course. (source).
The campa cola compound problem
Now the local governing body wants to demolish the extra floors but they are being prevented from doing so by the residents and their supporters. The news is trending in India on social media and you can follow the developments using the following hashtags
#BullDozingLives - Apparently the local governing body is trying to use bulldozers to demolish the building.
Builders and politicians fleecing vulnerable people
- My stand is that the extra floors should be demolished. Firstly because whatever the residents might plead today they were aware, when they bought the property, that the permission was not there for the extra floors. If someone did assure them that the permissions will be taken; who told them so and that person should be punished. If the government allows the Campa Cola Compound residents to keep the extra floors it would be a bad precedent for other cases and builders in future will blatantly ignore laws while constructing new housing.
I’m sympathetic to the residents of the Campa Cola Compound owners who are affected but sometimes decisions have to be taken for the good of the society and due to that some people will suffer.
- A builder should be responsible for the building. In India particularly the builders are either politicians themselves or their close associates. They fleece people by committing big things when selling the buildings and then later are nowhere to be found when problems arise later due to violation of laws.
- The local body that approves building should be penalized as well and should pay some compensation to the affected residents of Campa Cola Compound. Where were they when the floors were being built as the construction should have been stopped there an then.
- Urgency should be shown in other cases as well like the Adarsh Society in Mumbai that has been apparently built on government land.
A longer post that the usual posts as I did feel the need share my thoughts on the situation which affects nearly all Indian residents in some form or the other.