Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has said he will intervene in the the Maradu flat demolition issue where around 400 owners of five flat complexes await demolition by September 20 and have reasserted that they will not move out.
The deadline was set by the Supreme Court as the flats were built violating the Coastal Regulation Zone norms. The Governor, who assumed office very recently, told media persons in Kozhikode on Saturday, "I am concerned about the residents in the flats. The issue should be settled. But as the issue is before the court, I cannot explain further details on the intervention from my part and the government."
It was support from all sides, including CPIM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who met the owners protesting outside the Maradu municipal office. The owners responded to the local body's notice for eviction by September 16 by officially informing the municipal authorities that they would not vacate.
Kodiyeri said that the State Government had always supported people who faced eviction. "If the residents of Maradu flats were to be evicted by any chance, they will not be alone," he added.
The Government would do all possible for the residents and his party would find solutions if there were issues. He blamed officials for the present plight.
With time running out, the government should file an affidavit seeking permission to submit a new report, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala said. This was because a special three-member subcommittee of the Government had recommended demolition, he added. It should not have informed the apex court that it could demolish the flats based on the subcommittee report.
Separately, in response to the municipal secretary's eviction notice, the residents' association of Kannadikkadu Golden Kayaloram and owners of 12 other flats issued notices to the secretary saying that they would not obey the eviction notice.
The owners of Holy Faith, Kayaloram, Alfa Ventures, Holiday Heritage and Jain Housing flats have moved the Supreme Court through a curative petition so that they too are heard. They also propose to move Kerala High Court on Monday against Maradu municipality.