Maradu demolition; builders/officials walk away scot free

Maradu, flats

 

The other day, political parties and their leaders were seen calling for humanitarian approach with respect to the demolition of five flats, which has violated the CRZ norms, in Maradu in Ernakulam. Even as the 400 odd families are facing the worst situation, the real culprits – builders and officials who gave permission for the construction are walking away scot free.

Despite pressing for government’s help to the flat owners who had invested their earnings in buying the flats, no one has dared to question the builders and even the officials who had given the sanction for constructing these five flats.

A clear violation of the CRZ norms and even after Supreme Court pronouncing its verdict, the government has not taken any action against the builders. The leaders have shown least interest in demanding action against the builders and officials. All they want is that a humanitarian approach from the government.

Some of the environmentalists whom indianflash talked to opined that the Maradu flats should be demolished so that it could send a strong warning to others who would ever dare to disturb the environment. Moreover, they also said that the government should see to it that the loss incurred by the flat owners was returned to them by the builders, who had cheated them. “It is not that the government should incur the loss of the flat owners from the state exchequer but the builders should be made liable to pay the loss,” they said.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, former chief minister Oommen Chandy, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Congress state president Mullapally Ramachandran and BJP State chief P S Sreedharan Pillai had said that the government should support the flat owners. Some of them were even critical of the builders.

The case with regard to the flats in maraud has been dragged in several courts for the last 12 years and the latest and the final verdict has come from the Supreme Court. Even as the 400 odd families are facing the worst situation, the real culprits – builders and the officials who gave permission for the construction are walking away scot free.

In its verdict, the Supreme Court had given the authorities time till September 20 or demolition of the five illegally constructed flats in Maradu.r

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