The district administration has issued a stop memo against the construction works being carried out by a real estate private company on the 50 acres of land at Nettoor North.
According to sources with the district administration, the stop memo was issued in the light of the findings that the builders, who claim have 10 years track record in realtor development sector, had reclaimed acres of wetland in the area and that there was a chance for further reclamation.Sources said the decision was taken following a directive from the Revenue Department. “The reclamation of wetland started more than ten years ago and large scale destruction of mangrove vegetation was carried out,” sources said.
Meanwhile, Maradu Municipality Development Standing Committee chairman Antony Ashanparambil justified the inability of the local body to prevent the violation of wetland norms in the area.
“The municipality had issued a directive against the construction works some years ago. But, the builders took permission from the court to resume the work.
Thereafter, we could not do much to stop the construction,” he said. Meanwhile, the social activists termed the issuance of the stop memo as ‘an act to help the builders’. “Every other month, the authorities are issuing a stop memo against illegal constructions. This has become a recurrent phenomenon. The authorities are well aware about all unauthorised reclamation activities going on in the area. However, they step forward against the illegal constructions only when they get some hint of a public protests. They withdraw the stop memos after ensuring that there is no outising,” they alleged. They added that there were several other Coastal
Regulation Zone (CRZ) guideline violations at Maradu municipality.
“The violations have led to the shrinking of backwater in Chilavannur. Almost all buildings, including those under construction on the banks of the backwater, are built flouting provisions under the Coastal Regulatory Zone. Still, the local body, district administration, state government and the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority are not taking any action against it,” they added.
Meanwhile, Maradu Municipal Chairman T K Devarajan said no illegal constructions were given permission by the municipal authorities in the area since his council took over the charge of the local body.
“The private company acquired permission to construct the villas ten years ago,” he said.