Kerala’s Maradu Flat Demolition : Water, power suppply snapped, residents begin protest

Kerala Murudu Flats Demolition
Kerala Murudu Flats Demolition

Kochi, Sep 26: The Supreme Court has given the orders to demolish Maradu complex that houses 240 families in 343 flats constructed by four builders in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.Electricity and power supply to the unauthorised Maradu housing complex here was snapped in the wee hours of Thursday forcing irate residents to launch a protest. The residents refuse to leave the complex come what may.

Police has registered FIR against three builders under IPC Section 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property). More than 60 bank accounts of these builders have been frozen.

The Supreme Court had set a deadline of September 20 for the demolition of the flats and it will pass its final order in this regard on Friday.

According to the plan of action presented by Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose to raze the complex, the eviction of residents will start Sunday and will end on October 3. The complex demolition would begin October 11 and is expected to end by February next year.

Under the plan, families living in one square kilometre of the complex, would be rehabilitated till the demolition is complete. It has also been decided to register criminal cases against the builders.

Kochi Sub-Collector S.K. Singh has been appointed Special Officer to oversee the demolition.

Meanwhile, the hapless residents have written to the Chief Justice of India and the Human Rights Commission about their situation.

“We are not going to go anywhere and what they did in the middle of the night is a violation of all human rights,” said an angry housewife.

“We are human beings, why are the authorities behaving so inhumanly?” said another resident.

“Former Congress minister and local resident K.Babu, who arrived at the premises, said the government had a moral obligation to protect the residents and they should be treated with empathy.

“Snapping of utilities is an inhuman act. The state government should see that the wrongdoers in this construction should be taken to task. The poor residents have done no wrong,” said Babu.

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