New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday directed the Kerala government to pay an interim compensation of Rs 25 lakhs each to the flat owners in the illegal residential buildings in Maradu in Ernakulam district.
A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and S Ravindra Bhat has allowed the government to recover the amounts from the builders who erected the buildings violating the norms. The interim compensation is to be paid within four weeks, as per the court's directive.
The apex court also directed that it be demolished in pursuance to the Court's order. Kerala has taken a time frame of 120 days to finish the entire process of demolition to which the SC has given a green signal.
The court also said it will appoint a three-member committee of former High Court judges to determine the balance of the compensation to be paid to the flat owners and to oversee the demolition.
The Court also added that this amount of interim compensation can be recovered from the builders and the remaining amount of the compensation to be awarded to the flat owners will be calculated by a committee. The SC has also said that a committee of retired judges, technical experts and civil engineers will further evaluate the compensation payable to the flat owners.
According to the court, no constructions should take place in the coastal zone illegally. The top court will hear the matter next on October 25.