The Maradu municipality is to issue notices to the owners to vacate their flats, following the Supreme Court verdict to demolish flats constructed violating the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms. In a complementary move, the local also invited tenders from experienced contractors to demolish the apartment complexes of Holy Faith, Kayaloram, Alfa Ventures, Holiday Heritage and Jain Housing in Maradu.
The apex court had ordered the Chief Secretary to submit report after demolishing the apartment complexes before September 20. Chief Secretary Tom Jose visited the complexes on Monday and had to face protests from the flat owners, who asserted that they would not vacate.
The flat owners also gathered outside the Maradu municipal office where an emergency meeting of the local body was held on Tuesday morning and it was decided to issue notices to the owners to vacate the flats so that demolition works could be completed before September 20.
Issues like dumping the waste, pollution due to demolition and importantly the huge cost involved would be serious matters the municipality will find it hard to tackle.
The flat owners are to move the Supreme Court against the demolition verdict. They also want the State Government to appeal against the demolition order as they said the fault was not theirs but that of the builders and the local body authorities who gave the sanction for construction.