Whereas Keralites throughout the state are in a festive temper, 346 households residing of their flats in Kochi’s Maradu municipality space are dealing with the largest menace of their life time – to vacate their homes inside 5 days earlier than they’re razed to the bottom.
With a view to execute a Supreme Court docket ultimatum to demolish the flats by September 20 for violating the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms, the municipality has already served notices to the flat house owners, who’ve determined to go on a starvation strike in a transfer to save lots of their flats that had been purchased with their life financial savings.
The SC had ordered in Might this 12 months to raze 4 luxurious high-rise flats – Jains Coral Cove, Golden Kayaloram, H2O Holy Religion and Alfa Serene. In July, the apex court docket additionally dismissed the evaluation pleas filed by the builders and in an ultimatum issued on September 6, the court docket ordered the federal government to demolish the flats and file a compliance report by September 20.
As per the municipality discover, the residents should depart the premises by September 13, and in the event that they fail to take action, will probably be thought of a violation of the SC order. In response to the 1994 Municipal Act and different legal guidelines relevant to this case, the municipality secretary will provoke prosecution procedures in opposition to the violators.
The primary discover was served to the Jains Coral Cove, which has 122 flats. Nonetheless, the residents closed the gates of the condo to forestall the officers from getting into the premises. For the reason that flat house owners of Jains Coral Cove, Alfa Serene and H2O Holy Religion refused to just accept the discover, the officers pasted them on the gates of the constructing and left. Though residents of Golden Kayaloram acquired the discover, they instantly gave a letter stating they won’t settle for this and would file a healing petition.
The healing petition is the final judicial corrective measure that may be pleaded for in any judgment or resolution the apex court docket has handed.
A number of flat house owners have paid as a lot as Rs 65 lakh and above for a flat from their hard-earned cash, whereas a number of occupants are well-known celebrities in Mollywood.
The CRZ guidelines prohibit the development of a constructing inside a sure distance from the coast, backwaters, river and lake beds. The 4 flats, situated on the backwaters of the Vembanad lake, violated the norms.
For the 346 owners, these violations translate into the lack of their life financial savings. The residents are, nevertheless, decided to not depart the constructing even when officers arrive to demolish the buildings, they mentioned.