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.
Narinder Modi - New Prime Minister of India - Hope of India
Though I’m not a big fan of Sh. Narinder Modi but surely he is one of the best Prime Minister of India in the recent times, though he has the benefit of very poor competition and coalition Prime Ministers. Sh. Narinder Modi ji has the benefit of absolute majority.
What is encouraging for me is that Mr. Modi’s politics is slowly making me re-look at his politics and it seems that he might be able to do a good job.
My and I think the hopes of billions of Indians rest on him. THe task is not easy but there is no way out and it has to be done.
West Bengal - Ambassador car production comes to a halt.
Ambassador cars are a symbol in India of govern,ent offices, bureaucracy and signs of old time. It was, till some time back, the favorite car for tzxis in India.
I hope the issues are resolved and soon Ambassador would be available again.
One step forward two steps back - that is the case with India and unfortunately this is with everything.
Adf.ly has been banned by the department of telecommunications in India - when will they grow up?
If anyone does not agree with my rant then let me show you how you can easily access adf.ly.
How to access adf.ly from India?
http://adf.ly/ZRloc - Not accessible from India a notification states “This website/URL has been blocked until further notice either pursuant to Court orders or on the Directions issued by the Department of Telecommunications”
https://adf.ly/ZRloc - This adf.ly address is accessible. Notice what I had done - just used https (a secure server) and not http (a non secure server).
106% free YouTube comedy week. YouTube finally gets serious about India
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Good to see that coworking option is available in Delhi but I would say it is a tad bit expensive but then for Delhi maybe not
Finally Rajnikanth on Google Chrome strore
Dawn of social media in Indian politics
The wall street journal blog which has a section devoted to India has an interesting analysis of how social media is being used by the political parties across India in the buildup to the regional state elections.
It is very interesting to note that websites, email, social media including youtube has become a tool to propagate agendas by political parties and interact with the voters directly. While the blog rightly observes that the use of social media is minimal as compared to the last US elections which Barak Obama won -It is widely believed that Barrak Obama won because of the optimal use of digital media to reach out the voters. The good news is that we are getting there as Indians. I’m very surprised that the national parties like Congress and the BJP do not have mobile apps considering the penetration of mobile phones specially in the states that are going to elections these days.
It is heartening to see that BJP has launched its IPTV Channel which is used to connect to them masses. See the IPTV launch announcement below
One of the comforting and exciting feeling is that I’m part of era which is seeing the emerging and adoption of new technologies. While the implementation of the new technologies might be different from the developed countries it is exciting to see how the technologies are adapted to suit the Indian conditions.