The Kerala Government has decided to move against the builders of the Maradu apartment complexes whose demolition has been ordered by the Supreme Court.
The Cabinet meeting on Wednesday decided to register a criminal case against the builders and extract compensation which could be used for rehabilitation under Government supervision of the nearly 400 flat owners.
This comes close on the heels of the Maradu municipality deciding to snap the electricity and water supply connections to the five complexes.
Earlier on Monday the Supreme Court pulled up the State Government and Chief Secretary Tom Jose for failing to meet the September 20 deadline to demolish the flats. It also gave them time to come out with the demolition action plan when the court would take up the matter on Friday.
At the Cabinet meeting, Tom Jose presented the proceedings of the Supreme Court and the draft action plan for demolishing the apartment complexes. The Supreme Court had said the government had no action plan and its failure to abide by the September 20 deadline was an act of defiance.
In the wake of the court observations and the need to present a plan by Friday, the Cabinet was forced to act quickly. However, law experts felt that moving against the builders alone was not enough as the Maradu local body and officials had also helped the builders flout Coastal Regulation Zone norms.