Residents leave Maradu flats; Deadline extended for shifting belongings
Kochi: The inhabitants of Maradu flats, which are set for demolition as per Supreme Court order, have been allowed more time to shift their belongings. However, none of the dwellers are allowed to stay in the flats. They will have to give assurance in writing that they will evacuate. Earlier, the deadline for eviction was set for October 3. This time was insufficient to shift the belongings and furniture.
There were 90 inhabitants in Holy Faith H2O Apartment only. The works of demolishing interiors started already. However, it was not practical to bring down the materials altogether from the upper floors of the 18 storied building. The house shifting agencies took over the lifts and the lifts for residents had to stop many times due to overload.
Women and children of most of the families had already moved out from flats. Only the men stayed back to shift the belongings. All buildings were crowded with staff of shifting agencies, brokers, police officers and mediapersons.
Ernakulam ACP K. Lalji and team arrived by 5 pm at Holy Faith H2O. He informed that the police will help the residents shift if they gave in writing that they will evacuate on Thursday itself. Then the residents requested him more time to shift as it was humanly impossible to shift all the belongings within the time. With this, Lalji returned and came back by 6 pm to inform them that time was extended.
There are a total of 198 permanent residents in the five towers of four apartment complexes to be demolished. Tenants had already shifted. Though the officials have not made clear the deadline for evacuation, it is likely to be extended till October 11, when the demolition will commence.
Collector and top police officials held talks with flat owners on Thursday night. The collector informed that 20 volunteers are appointed for every flats. 82 flats are yet to be evacuated in Maradu. None of them have refused to evacuate, said the district administration.