Mumbai : The eviction notice, stuck on the doors of the 140 unauthorised flats across the seven building in the Campa Cola compound, has failed to weaken the will of the residents. Basanti Devi Dain, one of the many residents of the compound served with the notice, is determined to stay in the very flat even with only 48 hours to go for the demolition. Irrespective of her age, she is willing to fight for her house even if it means she has to lie on a stretcher in the open compound.
“We will fight till our last breath” is the motto of every resident of the compound. Chanda Dain lives on the sixteenth floor of the Orchid Tower with her family, which includes her 90-year-old mother-in-law. Basanti Devi Dain (90), even in this stage of her life, wants to fight as she believes that they have been wronged by the authorities in power. Her health has been only deteriorating over the months and had to be hospitalized on several occasions, but that hasn’t kept her from fighting. Chanda with tears in her eyes explains, “We have been running to various hospitals to get her admitted while the officials were busy discussing demolition plans. We will sit in the compound with my sick mother-in-law if forced to vacate our house. But we will not leave that which is rightfully our’s.”
Basanti Devi finds it hard to sleep, requesting her daughter-in-law to sit by her side. A slightest bang or noise is enough to scare her. Pooja, the elder daughter of the family, has come down from Ahmedabad to stay by her family in this difficult phase.