With the building owners of Vignesvar Cresta on Avanashi Road here obtaining another direction from the Madras High Court on Saturday, staying the demolition orders of the District Collector, the authorities stopped pulling down of the structure on Sunday.

A fire that broke out in the building on April 25 claimed the lives of four women and left nine injured. Based on orders issued by the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) and the District Collector, who is also the chairman of Coimbatore Local Planning Authority (LPA), the officials started demolition of the second and third floors of Vignesvar Cresta on Friday. Demolition had continued on Saturday.

Following the April 25 fire accident, the RDO had conducted an inquiry and issued demolition orders as the building owners had not given any explanation to the notices issued to them though they were given time to do so.

The District Collector had also issued demolition orders of the building saying that it violated the rules of the Town and Country Planning Act. The building owners had approached the Madras High Court and obtained a stay on Friday against the demolition order issued by the RDO.

The officials continued the demolition on Saturday based on the orders issued by the District Collector despite the building owners’ resistance to the move.

An LPA official told The Hindu on Sunday that they did not continue with the demolition on Sunday as the building owners had obtained another stay on Saturday against the orders of the District Collector. The second and third floors had been demolished during the two days (Friday and Saturday). 

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