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Demolition of apartments: CREDAI to meet today

Looming uncertainty: A view of Alfa Serene Apartments at Maradu. The Supreme Court has ordered the demolition of five apartments within Maradu municipality limits that have come up in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone norms.

Looming uncertainty: A view of Alfa Serene Apartments at Maradu. The Supreme Court has ordered the demolition of five apartments within Maradu municipality limits that have come up in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone norms.   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

Alfa Serene director urges State government to intervene

Rattled by the Supreme Court order for demolishing five apartment complexes at Maradu, the Kochi chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), will meet here on Wednesday to take stock of the situation.

A two-member Bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Navin Sinha had ordered that five apartment complexes, which had come up in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules, be demolished in a month. The court had also directed the authorities to file a compliance report before it.

Legal option

Expressing the concerns of the builders over the impact of the order, J. Paul Raj, the head of the Kochi chapter of CREDAI said the State government should intervene in the case. The legal option before Alfa Serene, one of the five structures identified for demolition, is to file a review petition.

The company would take legal recourse to protect the interest of the customers, said Mr. Paul, who is also the director of the firm.

He said a sub committee formed for identifying CRZ norms applicable to the area where the apartment was located did not take the view of the builders.

However, the Supreme Court noted in the judgment that the three-member committee had “given opportunity of hearing and has dealt with the case set up by all the stakeholders in extensive detail”.

The court held that the building permission granted by the Maradu local body for the projects was illegal and void.

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