Tame end to all-party meet on Maradu flat issue; to seek legal view, CPI for obeying SC order

Tame end to all-party meet on Maradu flat issue; to seek legal view, CPI for obeying SC order


The all-party meeting called by the Chief Minister on Tuesday in connection with the Maradu flat demolition issue ended with no concrete decision and decided to seek the views of law experts to find a solution and even move the court if needed.

It was CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran who took a stand which went against the general mood. His power was that if the government could implement the apex court verdict on Sabarimala, why could it not do so in Maradu.

He felt flat owners had to be compensated and this should be collected from the builders who cheated them. He also favoured legal steps in this regard.

The court has fixed September 20 for demolition of the five flat complexes built violating the Coastal Regulation Zone norms.

Prior to the meeting, veteran CPM leader VS Achuthanandan had in a statement demanded action against the builders.

The meeting decided to explore legal possibilities to delay the demolition order and try to see if the flats were not brought down. It was also decided to appoint an expert advocate to present the matter before the Supreme Court.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala sought blacklisting of the builders and compensation if the flats were demolished.

Earlier, NK Premachandran of RSP and TN Prathapan of Congress refused to sign a memorandum to the Prime Minister from MPs of Kerala to intervene in the matter.

With no response to the Maradu municipality notice to owners to vacate and seek alternative accommodation, the local body authorities have informed the Government that the 400 odd owners do not need any fresh place of stay.

It has also received bids from 13 firms, all from outside the State, for demolishing the flats.