Govt not to takeover Maradu land
Kochi: The state government will not takeover the land in Maradu where the illegal flats were demolished. It is reported that the land will remain in the name of the builders.
The government asserted that any argument on the ownership between the builders and flat owners should be settled by themselves or legally. It is reported that the Government will not intervene in any issue related to the land ownership.
Earlier, it was argued that government should attach the land and convert into a mangrove forest. At the same time, the government has to spend a huge amount to takeover the land as it is not a public property. Hence, government is not ready to acquire it. But the authority will confirm whether the land is used legally or not.
As per last year’s amendment in Coastal Regulation Zone norms, any construction on the land should maintain a distance of 20 metres from backwaters. But an official notification regarding this is yet to be published. Hence, there are chances to allow new constructions on this land as per the amended CRZ norms.
Meanwhile, the court has been collecting the details of the buildings which were constructed by violating the rules. The government reviewed that a similar direction like Maradu flats will be issued to handle other illegal buildings.
60 cr spent on demolition
The government has spent Rs 60 crore to demolish the four flat complexes as per the Supreme Court order. It is reported that the government will take immediate action to levy this expenditure and compensation from the builders. At the same time, two builders have already paid Rs 2 crore to the government. But it will not meet the expenditure of the demolition. In this background, the government has decided to levy the expenditure on the builders. Earlier, the Supreme Court also recommended to levy a compensation amount from the builders.
Meanwhile, government paid a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the flat owners. The government has not decided whether this compensation should be levied from the builders. A final decision regarding this will be taken as per the Supreme Court order.
In October 2019, the Supreme Court directed the state government to give Rs 25 lakh interim compensation to the flat owners.