Kerala government decides to demolish illegal flat complexes in Kochi


A fter Supreme Court issued warning against Chief Secretary Tom Jose, Kerala government has decided to demolish five multi-level residential complexes violating Coastal Regulation Zone norms in Maradu Municipal Corporation in Kochi today.

Kerala cabinet directed Chief Secretary to execute the Supreme Court order without delay.

The cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also directed the DGP Loknath Behera to register criminal cases against the builders who violated CRZ norms while constructing the residential complexes.

The flats built by Holiday Heritage, Holy Faith, Jain Housing, Kayaloram Apartment, and Alfa Ventures are going to be demolished under the Supreme Court order.

Chief Secretary Tom Jose briefed the cabinet about the fall out of non-compliance of Supreme Court order and presented the status quo report. The government also appointed Snehil Kumar Singh, Sub-Collector Fort Kochi special officer for executing the court order.

The cabinet endorsed the action plan and schedule for demolishing the flat complexes.

Earlier, all political parties unanimously took the decision not to demolish the flat complexes as it would make 353 families homeless.

Government is also planning to offer the families a temporary stay when the demolition starts.

The Municipal Corporation secretary has already written to Kerala State Electricity Board and various cooking gas agencies to stop supply to the flats which are going to be demolished.

Source By Indiatoday


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