Maradu flat row: Deadline expires, no one vacates flat
Kochi: The residents of the Maradu flats were served notice to vacate the flats by Sunday. But none of the residents has vacated their flat yet.
The Maradu complex comprises 356 flats in five buildings and 240 families are living there. The apex court on September 6 ordered its demolition by September 20 for violating the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules. Following this, the municipality served a notice to the residents asking them to leave the flats within 5 days. But the residents refused to leave their flats and started an indefinite hunger strike in front of the municipality on Saturday. The strike will continue at Holy Faith complex in Kundannoor.
Meanwhile, the state government will examine the possibility of moving a review petition against the Supreme Court order. For this purpose, the government will seek the advice of solicitor general. It is reported that the government will inform the Supreme Court on the actions taken to implement the court order and practical issues through an affidavit. The Government observed that it is not practical to evacuate the residents from the flats. Hence, more time will be requested to implement the order.
Meanwhile, Maradu municipal secretary stated that the municipality has not decided on the next action in the issue.
“We expected that the residents will vacate the flats. But they refused to leave. Further action will be decided soon and the higher officials have not issued any directions. The district collector has asked us to rehabilitate the residents at FACT quarters in Eloor if they are willing to vacate,” said the municipal secretary.
However, the state government will summon an all-party meeting to discuss the issue. The meeting will be held on Tuesday at 3.30 pm in Thiruvananthapuram.