Dream Homes Set to Be Destroyed, Maradu Residents Look For Shelter
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Over two thousand residents living in Kochi’s Maradu are at at the brink of losing their homes after a recent Supreme Court order to demolish four apartment buildings in the area – H20 Holy Faith, Jains Coral Cove, Alfa Serene, and Golden Kayaloram – for violating CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) norms.
While a majority of the flats have now been vacated, uncertainty and disappointment loom large for residents who will soon have no place to call home. Several wondered how they could move out of their flats without having substitute arrangements from the concerned authorities.
Hopeless, many have temporarily shifted with relatives.
Many who invested their life savings in these flats feel disheartened and anxious about the future.
Electricity and power connections were also severed for a few days on 26 September, adding to their misery.
Angered residents staged a protest and a hunger strike against SC’s order, but in vain. They stated that they bought their apartments unaware of the violations and that the notice of violations was given long after they purchased the property.
Sreeshankar, another resident, echoed the sentiment.
Flat owners are afraid of ending up on the streets.
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