Maradu residents approach Kerala HC over fate of neighboring structures while demolishing illegal flats
Ahead of the demolition of four apartments - Holy Faith H2O, twin towers of Alfa Serene, Jain Coral Cove, and Golden Kayaloram - in Maradu through controlled explosion on January 11-12, the district administration has issued an advisory and restricted drones in the evacuation zone with immediate effect.
As per the advisory, Section 144, which prohibits an assembly of four or more people in an area, shall be imposed in the evacuation zone of all the flats to be demolished from 8 am to 4 pm.
It stated that house to house search will be carried out for ensuring 100 per cent evacuation of people residing in the zone. People may witness the implosion from any place outside the evacuation zone, it added.
"The residents in the evacuation zone should switch off electricity and all the appliances before leaving their homes. They are advised to close all windows and doors to protect their home from dust. All traffic - air borne, water borne, land based is prohibited in the evacuation zone. Since all buildings have been charged with explosives, no body shall fly drones in the evacuation zone from immediate effect. Any violation is extremely dangerous and shall attract legal action," the advisory stated.
Moreover, traffic diversions shall be regulated, based on the warning siren sequence and people may return to their homes once police remove barricades from the roads leading to the evacuation zone.
This comes after the residents of Maradu municipality, whose houses are located within a radius of 200 metres from the towers which are proposed to be demolished on January 11- 12 by the order of the Supreme Court, filed a case in Kerala High Court on Tuesday.
The petitioners requested the Kerala HC to direct the respondents to immediately assess the present market value of the houses and other structures in the 200-metre area before the demolition.
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