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Demolishing the flats in Kochi is such a waste.

They've violated the law. How about punishing them by gov. taking over the flat. Those many houses could have been used for housing many from slums, colonies.

What a waste of resources !! എത്ര മണലും കല്ലും കമ്പിയും സിമന്റും അദ്ധ്വാനവും !!!

ഇത്രേം പേർക്ക് പാർപ്പിക്കാൻ ശേഷിയുള്ള സ്ഥലം കളയുമ്പോൾ അവർക്ക് താമസിക്കാൻ വേറെ വീട് വേണം.

അതിന് കല്ലും മണ്ണും വേറെ വേണം.

അപ്പോൾ പ്രകൃതി വീണ്ടും ചൂഷണം ചെയ്യപ്പെടുന്നു

@subins2000
I agree the white collar criminals should be put to justice, the bureaucrats, the bankers, the builders...

The main idea was to set an example so that this does not happen elsewhere again. One should also consider that the ecological impact does not end after construction, and just the presence of residents and the amenities that they need would take a toll on the area, wouldn't it?

@ashwinvis A take-over would be a big punishment too. Just by demolishing, everyone has forgotten the corrupt employees.

Gov. is already building apartments for poor people. Constructions with such violations can be taken over and used for that purpose. Isn't that better than demolishing which will cause more environment problems.

The end goal is environmental protection, then the punishment should also be considering it.

There's more advantages to a gov. take over than destroying it too.

@subins2000 You are ignoring the fact that mangroves are sensitive ecosystems.
The idea of a government takeover would place the government "above the law" and set a precedent for it in future issues.

@subins2000 വരൂ നമ്മൾക്ക് കുളം നികത്തി കാട് വെക്കാം
പ്രകൃതി സംരചണം കീ ജയ് 🤧

@shameelabdulla @subins2000 "With the Kerala apartments, the Supreme Court is clearly trying to set an example of strict implementation of environmental laws. The hope is that henceforth violations of environmental laws would be detected and stopped before the start of the project itself."
indianexpress.com/article/indi

@bady Wow. The housing project builders are in the hope of future urbanization in Kerala I guess.

But, I don't agree with forcefully taking ownership for housing. The gov. should instead build and if possible, should take advantage of existing buildings in violation of laws and take-it-over.

@shameelabdulla

@bady That's a well detailed article. Thanks

My point is, a gov. takeover instead of demolishment will also be a punishment. That is also an example of strict implementation of environment laws.

@shameelabdulla

Isn’t a govt. takeover & colony rehabilitation into those flats an injustice to the evacuated residents?@subins2000

@Aousepp The violation of the buildings were in question since 2007 before it were all constructed. So, the one who invested in apartments did know (or should have known) that they're doing it illegally.

So, it's not an injustice. It's a consequence of not abiding the law.

To be aware of the extensive rules regarding the building right from building line to fire regulations is easier said than done. Also, if there is an objection to the building under private ownership, similar objections should stand for govt. ownership too. However, no merit in discussing the fate anymore as only rubble is left! 😅😅
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