According to the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority the ‘illegal and unauthorised construction raised by DLF’ on the banks of river Chilavannur, Kochi should be demolished. Modern techniques such as implosion could be used for this so that the area could be restored to its original character.
Earlier a fine of Rs 1 crore had been slapped on DLF for violations of the provisions of the CRZ on its Chilavannur site.
The KCZMA gave details of the implosion technologies available in India in its appeal against the Division Bench that the ‘demolition of the illegal structure will cause greater harm to the surrounding environment.’ Demolition using the latest technology will pave the way to restore the waterbody. It will be part of the Vembanad eco system. The viable method included ‘controlled blasting or implosion’ said the affidavit filed by a member of the KCZMA.
It was also pointed out that the reclamation of land is a prohibited activity under the CRZ notifications and cannot be regularised. As such the only consequence would be to demolish the illegal structure.