Homeless in Mumbai: Not quite the usual suspects

Jun 24 2014, 02:58 IST
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BMC officials disconnect electricity supplies to the Campa Cola Compound in Mumbai on Monday. (Photo: Amit Chakravarty) BMC officials disconnect electricity supplies to the Campa Cola Compound in Mumbai on Monday. (Photo: Amit Chakravarty)
SummaryAs the BMC begins the first phase of its demolition plan for the allegedly illegal flats...

As the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) begins the first phase of its demolition plan for the allegedly illegal flats in the Campa Cola Compound, Worli, The Indian Express takes a closer look at 10 of the 89 owners of flats affected. The 10 flat owners either run successful family businesses, occupy high positions in private firms or are prominent personalities. In total, they own 23 flats.

The Mehtas: 2 flats

Nandini Mehta, a member of the Campa Cola core committee, is the founder of a tea brewery business. Her husband Ajay Mehta is the joint managing director of a family-owned steel company based in Worli, involved in the import, supply and manufacture of boiler-quality steel plates. The companyís clients include Gulf Oil, the Aditya Birla Group and the Godrej Group. The Mehtas own two flats on the 10th floor of Midtown Apartments.

The Srinivases: Two-level penthouse

V Srinivas, a urological oncologist, is a consultant at Hinduja Hospital. He and his wife Vidya, a journalism professor at Xavier Institute of Communication, stay in a two-level penthouse apartment on the 19th floor of Midtown Apartments, overlooking the Worli Sea Face. Their two flats have been merged to accommodate a large garden on one level and an open space to entertain guests on the second level. They are members of the Campa Cola core committee.

The Jayakars: 2 flats

Devyani Jayakar is the editor of Inside Outside, an architecture and design magazine under the Business India media group. Her husband Tibrewala is a child specialist, while her son Niall Sadh is a TV anchor with Pogo channel, which is part of Turner International India. The Jayakars own two flats on the 12th floor of Orchid Apartments.

The Vermas: 1 flat

Sunanda Verma is the founder of a family-managed footwear business and a member of the Campa Cola core committee. The Vermas own two footwear stores in Mahalakshmi and regularly host footwear exhibitions around the country. ďWe built this business from scratch and have worked hard for many years. Today, if I have to invest all that I have earned on a new house, we canít live the kind of life we wanted. We have to start all over again,Ē said Sunanda Verma.

The Jalans: 2 flats

Ashish Jalan, the chief executive officer and director of Concept PR, a top public relations agency, owns two flats ó on the third and eighth floors of Esha Ekta Apartments. His firm has been campaigning for the

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