It is final. The Supreme Court has fixed September 20 as the deadline for demolition of the four flat complexes at Maradu in Kochi, built by breaching the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) norms.
Not to stop at that, the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra also asked the Chief Secretary to appear in person when the case is to be considered next on September 23. This is in the backdrop of an earlier order of action against the top bureaucrat for failing to implement the May 8 order to bring down the flats.
It had then sought a report a month after demolition. Since the order was not followed, the court suo motu took up the matter and gave its verdict. Flat owners of Holy Faith, Kayaloram, Alfa Ventures, Holiday Heritage and Jain Housing had sought a review of the verdict which the court rejected.
Despite the Maradu municipality having issued a notice to the builders to start demolition within the timeframe set by the apex court, the civic body ignored it and the State Government pretended to be unaware of it.
There were complaints that the government was deliberately delaying the demolition, a contempt of court, it was argued. It remains to be seen how the Government and the local body tackle the matter, including waste handling.