Chandy urges CM to seek Centre’s intervention over Flat Owners issue

Chandy urges CM to seek Centre’s intervention over Flat Owners issue

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Kochi, Sep 13 : AICC General Secretary Oommen Chandy has urged Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seek Centre's intervention for adopting a humanitarian approach towards Maradu flat owners in the wake of Supreme Court order to demolish their flats.

In its order on September 6, the Apex Court directed the authorities to demolish the illegal apartment blocks at the Maradu panchayat in Ernakulam district for violating stringent (Coastal Regulations Zone) rules. Mr Chandy in a release here on Friday said the distressed flat owners must be given humanitarian consideration.

Mr Pinarayi Vijayan must convene an all-party meeting to discuss the demolition of flats, he added. A delegation of MPs and MLAs led by Chief Minister should meet the Prime Minister and other Union Ministers related to the concerned departments to get support for the 357 flat owners who are 'innocents', he said.

Urging the state government to take stringent action against those who created such a situation, Mr Chandy said the innocent families who bought the flats should not be punished. Opposition leader in Assembly Ramesh Chennithala and CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan have also urged the Government to adopt a humanitarian approach towards the flat owners who are not 'law violators'.

Those who created such a situation must be punished, they added. (UNI)