Kerala High Court Directed to Destroy DLF Complex in Kochi

Published on: 10 Dec, 2014
Published under: Kerala Real Estate Updates

Kerala High Court had directed the government of the state to demolish the parts of the DLF’s apartment complex, near Chilavannoor backwaters in Kochi, that was allegedly built in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone [CRZ] Act .

A three-member committee of the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA), who were appointed to inquire into the alleged Coastal Regulation Zone violation, had submitted its report to the Authority on July 22.

According to the report, the area where the project came up was marked as Pokkali fields in the approved Coastal Zone Management Plan of the region in 1996. Pokkali fields are natural paddy fields which has abundantly rich bio-diversity in it. The report also pointed out that the construction of some parts of the structure was violating the CRZ Act. Some parts were even constructed encroaching the shores of the Chilavannoor backwaters. The committee found out that in some parts the encroachment was several meters into the back waters.

The committee in its report said that the authenticity of several documents, including the ownership of land, submitted by DLF, were doubtful. Also there is no clarity in the replies given by the company. The committee had surveyed the area before submitting the report and found out encroachment of the back waters.

The single bench headed by Justice A.V. Ramakrishna Pillai, however, did not set any time limit to act upon the order. Although the court ordered to demolish the portions of the complex where violation is proved, in effect the entire complex should be pulled down, said experts.


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