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Maradu flats: Civic body extends support

Moving on: Residents of Alfa Serene apartment in Maradu shifting their household goods on Saturday, with the evacuation of the buildings set to begin on Sunday.

Moving on: Residents of Alfa Serene apartment in Maradu shifting their household goods on Saturday, with the evacuation of the buildings set to begin on Sunday.  

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To help residents identify homes, negotiate with movers and packers

The civic administration has offered to support the residents of Maradu apartments to move out of their homes from Sunday, the first day of the four-day evacuation period.

Snehil Kumar Singh, Fort Kochi RDO, and secretary of Maradu municipality, said the officials would meet the residents at their apartments on Monday to help them move out. From identifying homes to negotiating the rates with movers and packers, the administration would facilitate the evacuation.

Power, water supply

The administration had offered to reinstate the power and water supply connections to the apartments, which were snapped on Thursday, to help the residents shift their belongings, he said.

“We do not expect any untoward incidents or use of force during the evacuation. However, there will be adequate police force in all the locations to provide security to the officials. We will do everything legally permissible to help the residents,” said Mr. Kumar, urging the residents to cooperate with the decision.

There was no question of allowing anyone to stay in the apartments beyond October 3, as evacuation had to be completed by that date. The administration was duty-bound to implement the Supreme Court order, he said.

Bank details

Even while helping the residents to move out, the Revenue officials would collect the bank account details and other documents from the apartment owners to disburse the interim compensation as ordered by the Supreme Court. The State government would finalise the formalities for the payment of the compensation. The administration would complete the paper works in advance so that the beneficiaries could collect the amount without delay, he said.

500 apartments

The district administration has identified around 500 apartments of various measurements in the city to rehabilitate the residents. “However, the rent for the apartments will have to be paid by the residents,” he said.

Meanwhile, some of the residents have started moving out on their own, without waiting for the authorities’ help. The Maradu Bhavana Samrakshana Samity launched a protest in front of H2O Holy Faith apartment, demanding a humanitarian approach to the residents. They sought adequate time for relocating themselves and the evaluation of the apartments before evacuating the residents.

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