Where are details of buildings that violated CRZ rules?; SC notice to Kerala govt


B. Balagopal / Mathrubhumi News

A bench led by Justice Arun Mishra observed that the matter was of utmost seriousness and asked the Chief Secretary to respond within six weeks.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sent a notice to Kerala Chief Secretary over a contempt of court petition filed by film director Major Ravi in connection with the illegal buildings in the state.

Major Ravi petitioned the apex court citing that the government was not providing the list of illegal buildings in Kerala to the court. A bench led by Justice Arun Mishra observed that the matter was of utmost seriousness and asked the Chief Secretary to respond within six weeks.

The petition has created a major crisis for the state government. The SC notice to the Chief Secretary is in connection with the illegal apartments in Maradu and the court action against them. The SC had given the Kerala Chief Secretary four months to provide the list of all illegal buildings in the state that violated Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.

Major Ravi petitioned the SC citing that the Chief Secretary had not submitted such a report even after the allotted time has elapsed. Major Ravi is the owner of one of the flats in Maradu that was demolished.

When two petitions from Major Ravi in this regard came up before the SC on two previous occasions, the bench led by Justice Arun Mishra had refused to take a decision. Back then, the bench was of the opinion that the matter will be considered after the apartments in Maradu were demolished.

The SC considered the petition on Monday along with several other petitions regarding the demolition of Maradu flats. Stating that the matter was of utmost seriousness, the apex court said it wanted to know the Chief Secretary’s stance. The petition will be considered again during the end of March.

More notices from SC to Kerala govt

The court also considered a petition seeking to appoint a civil court led by a district judge to decide the compensation for Maradu flat owners. The SC has sought the government’s responses in this regard.

The SC has also sent a notice to the government over a petition seeking action against government officials who granted permission to construct the buildings illegally.

However, the major headache for the government would be to provide the list of illegal constructions in the state that has violated CRZ norms.

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