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Maradu flats demolition: Foolproof preparation underway

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Maradu flats demolition: Foolproof preparation underway
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Kochi: A foolproof preparation is underway as deadline prescribed by the Supreme Court for demolition of flats at Maradu are nearing.  The authorities are assessing the precautionary measures each day.

The companies selected for demolition have been instructed to save the interests of the neighbours. The flats will be demolished on 11th and 12th of January 2020 by controlled implosion for which the companies have chalked out a special action plan.  The technical committee had suggested some changes in the original plan.

In spite of diligent planning, an alernate emergency plan also will be prepared to face any exigencies.  This was based on the appearance of cracks in the houses in the neighbourhood during the initial demolition processes. The companies are to use only legally approved explosives.

Dr. R. Venugopal, the Deputy Chief Explosive Controller and member of the technical committee, said that Indian Oil Corporation has been asked not to fill fuel in the pipelines nearby the flats on the two days of demolition.

The neighbouring houses in the vicinity of the flats have been insured for Rs. 125 crores. The state government will pay Rs. 69 lakh as one-time premium to National Insurance Company. Though the company had quoted Rs. 83 lakh, it was brought down to Rs. 69 lakhs after negotiations.

A structural audit to fix the market rate of the houses in the vicinity of the flats will be started on Wednesday. Another auditing will be done after the demolition too. It is also decided to videograph these houses.

Meanwhile, the Crime Branch is in a move to record the secret statements of 10 persons including the panchayat members involved in the case of building the flats illegally.

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