Owners of 50 flats in Maradu yet to be found
Kochi: Revenue officials have submitted a report stating that owners of about 50 flats in the Maradu apartment complexes are yet to be identified as they have not received the possession certificates.
Various reasons are cited for this. Some flats are usually possessed by the builders themselves. Benami transactions are also a possibility. Another reason could be that the buyers started staying in these flats based on contract but did not register it in their names. Some flat owners are likely to be those residing in foreign countries.
This information can be found out only after a detailed inspection of documents in the registration department. Revenue officials said that they are trying to trace the owners of the empty flats. If the owners are not found, the revenue department will take into custody the belongings in these flats. They added that the owners were less likely to get compensation if they do not have proper documents.
It is learnt that the crime branch which is probing into the illegal constructions will investigate about the owners also. The case will be more complicated if mysterious financial deals are found. The officials have made it clear that all documents will be examined.
A team of police officials headed by Crime Branch SP Muhammed Rafeeq and DySP Josy Cherian conducted inspections at the apartments on Friday. The survey and inspection will continue in the coming days.
The distance from backwaters and road to the buildings, height and area of the building and other details will be examined. Maximum evidence will be collected from the buildings before demolition.
Statements of the flat owners are being collected. The investigation team will report to the registrar if the value of the flats has been lessened in the documents. Documents taken from the Maradu municipality office has been submitted in the court.