Demolition of Maradu apartment complexes only tip of the iceberg of CRZ violations in Kerala

Demolition of Maradu apartment complexes only tip of the iceberg of CRZ violations in Kerala

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Kozhikode, Jan 11: The razing down of two huge apartment complexes---Holy Faith H20 and Alfa Serene in Maradu in Ernakulam in Kerala on Saturday and two more apartments to be demolished on Sunday, following final dictat from the Supreme Court for having violated the Coastal Zone Regulation (CRZ) Act, is only the tip of the iceberg of similar illegal constructions in Kerala, if the findings of the Coastal District Committees appointed to report CRZ violations in the State would find its logical conclusion.

The repeated pleas against the Apex court order to raze down the five apartment complexes not only failed to impact positively but had annoyed the court with Justice Arun Mishra in particular, only to act strong by directing Kerala Chief Secretary to appear and give explanation for not implementing its order.

No agitation with overwhelmed political support could rescue the apartment owners from vacating their dwellings which facilitated its razing down.

That apart, the Top Court directed the Chief Secretary to survey and report all CRZ violations in the state. Accordingly, Coastal District Committees were constituted in ten districts of the state and the surveys were underway.

The Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA) would oversee the survey and finally assess the findings before submitting its final report to the Chief Secretary, who will submit it before the Supreme Court.

Reliable and closely affiliated sources indicated huge number of violations found across these districts, having borders with the Arabian Sea.

Believe it or not, the number of CRZ violations are in thousands in few districts including Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. The violations include minor to very serious nature and it would be the KCZMA which will finally list out the ones for onward submission to Apex Court.

And, whatever dilutions are made in terms of seriousness or considering other possible loopholes, a good number of violations would find its place in the final list that would be tabled before the Supreme court. And, if the court take a strong stand as in the case of Maradu apartments, Kerala would witness many many more demolitions in the days to.come.

Eventually, the Maradu fiasco, which most Keralites believed would not occur, for some reason or the other, had finally happened.

The just-four-second long blow up of the first tower - the H2O of Holy Faith, that lakhs witnessed from around its vicinity and live on TV screens, has been a huge blow to the faith in the realty sector and a big caution to the people of Kerala for their taken-for-granted trust and confidence in the developers and builders.

Thousands of owners are apprehensive and keep their fingers crossed awaiting the final report and the apex court say on its findings. (UNI)