In connection with the Maradu flat demolition case, the Supreme Court has issued a warning to flat builders saying that they have to pay half of the amount required to pay the compensation. The Court also pointed out that it would order action, including revenue recovery if the amount was not paid. The flat builders are given a week to state their position. The case is adjourned for next Wednesday.
A total of Rs 115 crore is required for paying compensation to the Maradu residents. Following the Court order, the state government had provided Rs 65 crore as emergency assistance. In addition to this, the flat builders should also pay for the expense of the flat demolition.
Last January, the Maradu flats, which were built in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules, were demolished on the orders of the Supreme Court of India.
In May 2019, the Supreme Court had ordered the demolition of five apartments in Maradu municipality of Ernakulam district within one month for violating the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules. However, only four apartments namely Jains Coral Cove, H2O Holy Faith, Alfa Serene and Golden Kayaloram, were constructed. Following the legal battle, the Supreme Court in an order in September 2019, directed the state government to demolish the flats. Eviction notices were issued to the flat residents. However, on January 11 2020, two flats were demolished and the remaining two were brought down on January 12 2020, through implosion.