Kochi: With the Maradu municipal authorities seeking financial assistance in demolishing residential apartments as per Supreme Court directive, minister for local self government A.C. Moideen will convene a high-level meeting at Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. The meeting will be held at minister’s chamber at 5 pm.
Municipal chairperson P.H Nadeera, vice- chairman Boban Nedumparambil, standing committee chairperson Disha Prathapan and municipal secretary Subhash P.K. met the minister on Friday seeking guidance in demolition of the residential apartments.
The municipal representatives told the minister that if the government wants them to take up the demolition, the government should arrange funds and technical assistance.
According to the municipality, scientific demolition of the apartments, which were constructed in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone norms will cost over Rs 30 crore which it is unable to raise. It is also concerned about the safety of buildings in nearby area while demolition and treatment of the huge quantity of waste materials from the sites.
The municipality had already served a notice on the builders to demolish the buildings on their own based on the SC order. However, the builders are yet to respond to the civic body’s notice. The apex court has instructed to demolish the four skyscrapers before June 8.