Supreme Court of Friday ordered the Kerala Government to demolish the Maradu apartments in Kochi and directed the state to pay a compensation of Rs 25 Lakh to each of the flat owners. The apex court said the compensation amount can be recovered by those responsible for the illegal construction.
The Kerala State government filed an affidavit mentioning the time frame for the task at hand. It was mentioned in the affidavit that the demolition of Maradu flats will be completed within 138 days out of which it could take 90 days for the demolition and the rest to remove the debris.
The Court has directed the state to complete the demolition process within the time frame as mentioned by Harish Salve, senior counsel representing Kerala government.
The bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Ravindra Bhat observed that the Court’s concern was that no illegal constructions should be undertaken in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ).
The bench also said that they were not against the people and that they should be compensated appropriately by the state authorities.
The Court gave the directions despite Harish Salve suggesting that the demolition might make the ecological situation worse in the area.
Supreme Court had in its previous order on May 8 directed that all the buildings constructed in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone rules, to be removed from Maradu area. The Apex Court gave a month’s time for the state government to comply with the orders.
As no steps were taken, the Supreme Court fixed a deadline to September 20 to the Kerala Government to comply with the demolition orders.