The September 20 deadline for the demolition of apartments at Maradu in Kochi for violating Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms fast approaching, the State Government and the local body might find it difficult to implement the Supreme Court order.
On Monday, Chief Secretary Tom Jose had to face agitated flat owners who said they would not move out of their flats. However, Tom Jose said the apex court order to demolish apartment complexes of Holy Faith, Kayaloram, Alfa Ventures, Holiday Heritage and Jain Housing at Maradu would be done. He had to face a protest by the flat owners.
Tom Jose had been asked by the Supreme Court to come in person and submit a report after the demolition. He said the State Government was bound to implement the Supreme Court verdict and held discussions with the District Collector, district administration and the local body authorities.
The Collector said the district administration, which had received necessary orders from the Government, would do all to rehabilitate the flat owners. But the flat owners, who have again moved the Supreme Court, said they would not vacate their apartments. They have filed a writ petition in the court against the order to demolish the flats.
The court had earlier ordered action against the Chief Secretary for failing to implement the May 8 order to raze to the ground the flats.
Since the order was not followed, the court suo motu took up the matter and the Bench of Justice Arun Mishra three days ago fixed the deadline as September 20.
There were charges that the government and the local body were going slow or rather not keen on implementing the matter. It was seen as contempt of court, forcing the Bench to issue the order and seek a report when the matter comes up for hearing on September 23.