Thirteen firms, all from outside Kerala, have bid for demolition of the Maradu flats on September 20, the deadline fixed by the Supreme Court as the apartments had violated the Coastal Regulation Zone norms.
Even as the residents are firm and claim they will not vacate the flats and the Chief Minister has convened an all-party meet on Tuesday to find a way out to help the around 400 flat owners, CPM veteran VS Achuthanandan has come out against the builders.
The Maradu municipality had invited tenders from experienced companies for the demolition causing least harm to the environment. The municipal authorities await the outcome of the all-party meeting to take a decision on the tender.
Achuthanandan said in a statement that the builders who deceived the customers should be blacklisted. He also demanded in a statement that legal action be taken against those who granted permission for the flats as also those who helped them. He wanted the matter to be taken up at the meeting.
He said it was the marketing strategy of these builders to offer flats for free to celebrities and put out advertisements using them to lure customers.
They had misled the courts to get stays and illegally went ahead with the construction. VS also pointed to legal action being taken in the case of flats constructed illegally at Pattoor in Thiruvananthapuram, a campaign in which he was in the forefront.
Separately, in a memorandum of MPs from Kerala to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention on behalf of the flat owners, NK Premachandran of RSP and TN Prathapan of Congress refused to be signatories and said they had differences of opinion. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi did not sign as he was away.