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Last-ditch effort to save their flats in Maradu; flat owners set to send mercy pleas to Prez, PM

Kochi: Residents here in Maradu flats, in a desperate and last-ditch effort to save their home from demolition by the municipal authorities, have decided to approach the top executive authorities in the country.

The owners of four flats located in coastal Maradu in Kerala’s Ernakulam district have decided to send a mercy petition to the President and Prime Minister against the move of the local authorities which have been spurred into action by a recent Supreme Court censure over delay in razing them after the buildings were found built in a coastal zone barred for construction as per a related law.

This plea signed by all occupants in these flats will be sent to them via email, courier and speed post. They want the intervention of the President, central government and state assembly to stop their eviction and property demolition.

It is learned that all 140 MLAs in Kerala too are set to send a similar request.

Faced with imminent razing of their newly built flats, their owners maintain that they have not broken any rules.

The Maradu Municipality had earlier served a notice asking residents to vacate following a Supreme Court order. Owners at ‘Golden Kayaloram’ high-rise replied to the notice yesterday. This will be submitted in court, said municipality secretary Arif Khan.

In the meanwhile the owners will challenge the municipality notice in High Court on Monday, seeking relief from a move by the government who should provide protection to their lives and property.

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