Action will be taken against all buildings that have violated rules: Commissioner

Following the steps of Local Planning Authority (LPA) in taking action against unauthorised construction of buildings in the city, the Madurai Corporation on Wednesday swung into action and stopped work in a multi-storey hospital building under construction at P.P. Chavadi.

Instructed by the Corporation Commissioner, R. Nanthagopal, the Chief Town Planning Officer, M. Rakkappan, ordered stoppage of construction work and asked the labourers to leave before locking the gates of the premises along Theni Main Road.

Mr. Nanthagopal said that one doctor, Vijayaraj, was constructing the hospital building with a basement, ground floor and three storeys without proper building plan approval.

Stating that those at the site claimed to have got permission for ground floor and two storeys, the Commissioner said that they could produce any relevant documents to the Corporation officials.

Construction to the extent of over 28,000 square feet was going on when the officials stopped work and seized construction materials worth Rs. 50,000.

Violation of rules

The construction had violated building rules and provisions of Development Control Regulation Act.

This is the first building the Corporation has taken action against for want of proper building plan approval.

The Collector, Anshul Mishra, who is also the head of LPA, had warned of taking stern action against buildings that violated established building norms.

Based on his instructions, the officials of LPA had stopped work in two multi-storey buildings, one in Tallakulam and another in Alwarpuram.

Besides, the premises of a multi-storey apartment on Kothandaraman Road in Keeraithurai was sealed recently.

The Commissioner said that similar action would be taken against all buildings that violated the rules.

Enumeration under way

He added that enumeration of such building was under way.

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