Vinod Kothari, the first resident of Worli's Campa Cola Compound, passed away on Sunday, after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest. Local residents claimed Kothari (83) suffered a heart attack due to mounting stress after the BMC served a notice intimating occupants about its demolition. This is the fourth case of mental stress leading to death of a Compound resident, as per occupants.
Kothari was a resident of the fifth floor, legal residence, in Patel Apartments. He also owned a flat on the sixth floor, which was served the notice. The Supreme Court (SC) had, in February last year, ordered a demolition of illegal flats, around 96 in total, in the Worli compound due to an FSI violation. In view of the same, the BMC served a notice under section 488 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1888, intimating residents about the demolition planned on June 17, or any pursuant day afterwards. "The mental stress caused by the SC order and also the pressure caused by the BMC notice led to his demise. He was the first resident of the Compound and very attached to his home. He would often ask us whether our homes would be saved or not. So, collectively, the prospect of demolition had caused him enormous stress," said Karan Sethia, a resident.
Kothari reportedly died when nobody was at home. "His wife had gone to meet her relative in the afternoon when Kothari took a nap. When she returned home at around 5:30 pm, the incident came to light. A doctor was called, but he was no more," Sethia said.
Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said, "We don't know how many lives the situation is going to claim. We are very saddened by what has happened."
As reported in dna on June 9, Chakravarty Chawla (83), a resident of Orchid apartment, passed away last week due to a streak of brain-paralytic and heart strokes. Earlier, Mid Town apartments resident Radha Mittal (78) and an occupant in Orchid apartments Basanti Devi Dani, passed away in September and November respectively last year.