Building at Alamu Nagar was nearing completion

Local Planning Authority, Coimbatore, on Tuesday morning demolished a building in Alamu Nagar, off Sathyamangalam Road, for various violations.

Sources in LPA said that following instructions from District Collector M. Karunagaran, they, with men and machinery from the Coimbatore Corporation, demolished the building that belonged to Janardhanan and Krishnaveni.

They said that the owners had obtained permission for building four dwelling units but had instead constructed 33 rooms, to be used as a lodging house.

That was not the only violation, though. The building had usage, area, height, set back area, floor space index and plot coverage violations.


The owners had obtained permission for constructing only 8,480 sq.ft. but they had constructed 15,683 sq.ft. on the site that measured 4,105 sq.ft.

As against the approved height of 44-and-a-half feet, the building stood at 49-and-a-half feet. As for the setback area, there ought to be 11 feet six inches on all the four sides but there was only four feet three inches.

Likewise, the floor space index was only 1.6 while it ought to be 3.06. And the plot coverage too was high – 76.41 per cent as against 44.07 per cent.

The figures showed that the violations were severe and could not be allowed. The LPA had accorded permission for the building on October 7, 2011 and it was nearing completion.

Using earth movers and other heavy machinery, they damaged the walls in such a way that the owners could not go ahead with the construction.

The sources also said that members of a residential association had lodged a complaint with the Collector about the violation. They added that they would initiate action against violations.

Around 50 Corporation workers were deployed in the demolition operations.

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