The Supreme Court has ordered demolition of Kapico Kerala Resorts on the side of the Vembanad Lake in Alappuzha in Kerala.
This comes a day before the demolition starts of the four flat complexes at Maradu in Kochi for the same reason of violating the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms. The four flats are to come down over the next two days.
Justice V Ramasubramanian issued the order after he and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman rejected the counter petition of the resort owners against a Kerala High Court order to demolish the building.
Kerala High Court had ordered to demolish the Kapico Resorts at Panavally in Nediyathuruthu for violating CRZ rules as it fell in the no development zone.
The Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA)
had found that the resort group had illegally constructed 54 villas in Nediyathuruthu island without obtaining CRZ clearance. The constructions were made between 2006 and 2013. The group had also set up an electrical substation, a water treatment plant and a massive water tank on the premises.
The authority had made a strong case against the resort owners who tried to seek umbrage under the 2018 Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change notification and claimed post-facto clearance. It had also found that backwaters had been reclaimed for construction purposes.
The state environment department had also recommended to the Environment Ministry that the construction should not be granted permission.
Incidentally, the Vembanad backwaters, a Ramsar wetland site, is categorised as a critically vulnerable coastal area.