Demolition begins, sleepless nights for neighbours of Maradu flats
Maradu: Local people residing close to the Maradu flats said it is nearly a month they have had sleepless nights since the works on demolition of the flats have begun. The buildings need to be sprayed with water before being knocked down. But the authorities have not sprayed water which results in the dry concrete falling on the neighbouring houses. The locals said they are unable even to have food inside their home. The local people are affected with breathing problems and frequently visit hospitals including children and aged women.
Councillors said that when the authorities began to knock down the top floor of the 18-storeyed building, the concrete bits and dust have been spotted in far off places too.
When complaints began to rise, the building debris were taken away in lorries during midnight. Aluva-based Prompt Enterprises have been given contract to remove the building waste. The official document mentioning this would be handed over at the Wednesday council meet.
But municipal chairperson T H Nadira and vice chairman Boban Nedumparambil alleged that before the official announcement itself, the building debris is being transported. They also alleged that a few councillors are hand in gloves with it. If all these allegations come up for discussion during the Wednesday’s council meeting, then trouble would definitely break out.
A few councillors also alleged that the building debris were used to fill low lying lands in the district. A collective of residents said they would reach the municipal council office and protest over the members’ callous approach.