Maradu flats: Demolition expert Sarwate to reach Kochi
Kochi: In connection with the demolition of Maradu flats, an expert from Indore will reach Kochi on Thursday by 6 pm to give advice to the state government. With this, the demolition works will be finalised. Sharath B. Sarwate, who holds a Guinness record for demolishing about 200 large buildings, is arriving as the 12th member of a technical committee appointed by the government.
Sarwate told ‘Mathrubhumi’ over phone that he will visit the flats from Friday morning. The demolition will not affect the people dwelling nearby. He said the type of explosives does not matter. The safest technology will be used for demolition. The pipelines of oil companies passing through the area will not be affected because it does not affect things under the ground. More details can be explained only after visiting the flats, he said.
Sarwate has demolished a 11-storeyed building and 60-metre high tower in Mumbai and a 118-metre high chimney of paper mill in Bengal. He is also experienced in demolishing buildings near water bodies in Gujarat. He made it clear that demolishing a building by exploding towards one side and another by implosion use two different technologies.
Meanwhile, some of the flat owners approached the municipality authorities stating that the builders are responsible for citing a lower price for the flats in the title deed. One of the flat owners showed the documents of bank transactions worth Rs 68.5 lakh. But transactions of only Rs 15 lakh was cited in the title deed.
The owner alleged the municipality insisted that the possession certificate will be provided in the name of the builders only. He further said the NRIs cannot stay here for many days for correcting these details. They are planning to raise this issue before the Supreme Court committee. 197 among the 326 flat owners do not have original possession certificates.
The committee headed by Justice K. Balakrishnan Nair will start discussing the compensation-related matters from Thursday. The conference hall in rest house will be used as temporary office for the committee until the office in GCDA building in Marine Drive is arranged.