KOCHI: Four days after the Supreme Court asked the state to demolish the five apartment complexes at Maradu for violating the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules, the Kerala Government directed the Maradu municipality to evict residents of the 450 flats within 10 days.
An order issued by Deputy Secretary Saji Kumar on Saturday said: “Take urgent action to evacuate the inhabitants in the buildings mentioned in the order and rehabilitate them in coordination with the district collector of Ernakulam.”
The municipality has been asked to invite a short tender to select a suitable agency for the safe and secure demolition of the buildings which is expected to cost Rs 30 crore. The government has promised the municipality all assistance to implement the Supreme Court order.
The government also warned disciplinary action against the Maradu municipality, the implementing agency, if it failed to carry out the eviction drive. By issuing the order, the government seems to be making a face-saving move and escape the wrath of SC.
Considering that the state chief secretary has been asked to appear in person before the apex court on September 23, the government directed the municipal secretary to furnish a detailed report by September 18.
At a glance
The municipality has been asked to invite a short tender for safe and secure demolition
The government has promised the municipality all assistance in demolition, which is expected to cost Rs 30 crore
The government seems to be making a face-saving move and escape the wrath of the SC