Kerala govt to go ahead with demolition of Maradu flats
KOCHI: The state government would go ahead with the Supreme Court order of demolishing four flats constructed violating the CRZ rules in Maradu municipality limits.
This was decided in a meeting convened by local self-government minster A C Moideen in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. In the meeting, the minister said that the government was bound to implement the apex court order and would not go for review petition.
The government has asked IIT Madras to conduct a study on the environmental impact due to demolition of the buildings and submit a report on the same.
The IIT has been asked to advise on the best possible method to demolish the buildings with little environmental impact, it’s cost, the environmental impact due to demolition and cost of restoration of the said places in CRZ. “We need also need a plan on how to deal with the debris after demolition. For that we have consulted the civil engineering department in IIT Madras and will go ahead as advised by them,” said
Usha Titus, chairman, Kerala coastal zone management authority and principal secretary of environment department.
SC ordered demolition of Golden Kayaloram, Holy Faith, Alfa Serene and Jain Coral Cove for violating CRZ rules within a month and submit compliance report.
Titus said owners were free to approach the court. “We stick to this stand. The judgment is very clear that at the time of construction, the buildings were in CRZ III. But under the latest notification the area falls under CRZ II. We will confirm this fact in the court too. We are not hiding anything,” she said.
In the meeting, it was made clear that the responsibility for demolishing the flats was of Maradu municipality. “Kerala Municipal Building Rules (KMBR) is very clear that the local body should demolish such illegal buildings. Maradu municipality will have to comply with the order. But it is yet to prepare a plan on how to go ahead with the demolition,” she said.
However, owners of the flats reiterated that they would file a review petition. “The state government will not be filing a review petition in the court. Instead, we have been asked to approach the court. In the latest notification, Maradu falls under CRZ II. We will highlight this point in SC,” said Manoj Kodiyan, member of the Jain Coral Cove residents association who attended the meeting.
Maradu municipality officials said that they would implement the order. “We don’t know whether the owners will get an order in their favour from
SC. In the meeting, the majority view was that the said four flats were constructed in violation of CRZ rules and action needs to be taken,” said T H Nadeera, municipality chairperson.
District collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla, municipality secretary Subash P K, Tripunithura MLA M Swaraj, representatives of all four flats and government officials attended the meeting.