On May 8, 2019, four luxury apartment buildings in Kochi’s Maradu municipality – Alfa Serene, Golden Kayaloram, H20 Holy Faith, and Jains Coral Cove – were ordered to be demolished, by the Supreme Court.
The apex court adjudicated that these waterfront apartments violated the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules, which prohibits construction within a certain distance from the coast, backwaters, river and lake beds.
Holy Faith H2O flat and twin towers of Alpha Serene, which are separated by around 60 meter-wide backwaters, will be demolished on January 11 with a five-minute gap between the two demolitions. Jains Coral Cove and Golden Kayaloram will be demolished on January 12 at 11 am and 2 pm respectively.
The explosives have already been placed in these buildings and mock drill was also conducted on Friday to ensure all personnel involved, including the fire tenders, are prepared and know their designated spot. Two agencies – Mumbai-based Edifice Engineering and Tamil Nadu-based Vijay Steels and Explosives – will carry out the demolition.