Around this time last year, the residents of Campa Cola Compound were busy preparing for Diwali. But unfortunately, none of it will happen this year. All that is left to see is sadness on the faces and minds of the occupants of the illegal flats.
Those living in legal flats, too, share the pain with their neighbours in the seven buildings inside the compound.
“It used to be fun. We would greet people and exchange sweets. Given the current situation we are in, none of this will happen this year. It’s a dark phase in our lives. The only thing we will do is light a diya in front of God,” said Nandini Mehta, a resident.
Residents of illegal flats in six buildings face eviction on November 11, while those living above the fifth floor of Shubh Apartments will have to vacate their houses by November 30.
“I don’t know when is Diwali. All I know are two dates — November 11 and November 30. If nothing happens, this will be my last month in my home,” said Sunanda Varma, a resident of Midtown Apartments.
“All politicos have come out in our support. Then what is stopping the authorities from saving our homes? What is the BMC waiting for? Why isn’t the BMC ready to help us?” said Varma.