Environmentalists will move the Supreme Court for contempt of court proceedings against the Ernakulam District Collector and others as the deadline for demolishing the Rainbow restaurant at Aluva expired.

The three-month deadline fixed by the apex court ended on October 2. The building owned by the Ernakulam District Tourism Promotion Council was rented out to a private person for running a restaurant.

District Collector P.I Sheikh Pareeth, the chairman of the council, said he was waiting for the outcome of a review petition filed before the Supreme Court.

It was on a petition filed by S. Seetharaman, former secretary of the Association for Environment Protection, Aluva, that the court ordered demolition of the illegally constructed restaurant on the banks of the Periyar.

The tenant of the building has moved a court against the DTPC following its directive to vacate the building. The Council has done its part regarding the implementation of the order. It served notice to the tenant citing the Supreme Court order. The District Collector is the owner of the building. The agency does not have any powers for demolishing the building, said N. Jayasankar, secretary of the Council.

On demolition, the council may have to compensate the tenant who has the contractual right to use the building for one more year. The Council had issued him notice on September 1 following the Supreme Court order, said Mr. Jayasankar.

Chairman of the Aluva Municipality M.T. Jacob too, maintained that the local body had no powers to demolish the building. It’s the responsibility of the Ernakulam District Collector to demolish it, he said.

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