Maradu flat demolition: 13 companies approach municipality
Kochi: While the residents still refuse to vacate the apartments in Maradu, the municipality has received tender applications from 13 companies outside Kerala to demolish the flats. The deadline to submit the tender has already expired.
Maradu municipality invited tender from companies to demolish the flats following the supreme court order directing to demolish the illegal apartment complexes by September 20.
Companies from Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru have submitted the tender.
Municipality has estimated Rs 30 crore as expenditure to demolish the complexes. In this situation, it has decided to approach the state government to select the company to carry out the demolition drive.
It is reported that the municipality will demand the government to appoint an expert committee to examine the efficiency of the companies.
The municipality would not be able to bear such a huge expense of Rs 30 crore which is needed to demolish the flats. This fact will be informed to the government.
The Maradu apartment complexes comprise of 356 flats in five buildings and 240 families are living there. The apex court on September 6 had ordered its demolition by September 20 for violating the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules.
Following the apex order, the municipality served notice to the residents to vacate the flats by September 15. Though the deadline has ended, none of the residents have vacated their flats.