SC stands firm on demolition of Kochi flats for CRZ violation

SC stands firm on demolition of Kochi flats for CRZ violation, review petitions dismissed.

The Supreme Court bench led by Justice Mishra have dismissed any review petitions submitted by the builders following the judgement passed on May 8th 2019 regarding the demolition of apartment complexes, including Holy Faith, Kayaloram, Alfa Ventures, Holiday Housing and Jain Housing built on the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) at Maradu municipality, Kochi.

The apartments according to reports got permission granted by the authorities when Maradu was still a panchayat before becoming a Municipality in 2010. An inspection by the local self government found that it was a violation of 2 and 3 zones of the coastal regulation zone but were unable to take action as the issue landed up in court.

Challenging the High Courts verdict in support of the residents in 2015 the Coastal Zone Management Authority took up the matter in Supreme Court.

On May 8th the bench led by Justice Mishra ordered the flats to be demolished in a month. Dissatisfied, the residents went to a vacation bench led by Justice Indira Banerjee who then put a stay order of six weeks on the demolition. Furious Justice Mishra declared this an ‘absolute fraud’ pitting one bench against another and refused to take up any review pleas on July 10 saying, “Applications for oral hearing/hearing in open court are rejected. Having perused the review petitions and the connected papers with meticulous care, we do not find any justifiable reason to entertain the review petitions. The review petitions are, accordingly dismissed,” Justice Mishra also added how Kerala could not take the brunt of another flood caused due to illegal construction. Firm on their decision to demolish illegal construction in the CRZ zone justice Navin and Justice Mishra might just end up razing homes of 400 families.