“It was constructed on site classified as industrial zone”

A multi-storeyed residential apartment under construction was sealed by the officials of Local Planning Authority on Monday for violating various building plan norms.

This is the first-ever building sealed by the officials after Collector Anshul Mishra, who is also the Chairperson of LPA, announced that stringent action would be taken against buildings that had violated the building norms. Earlier this month, the officials had served “stop work” and “restoration” notices for two multi-storeyed apartments in Tallakulam and Azhwarpuram.

Led by Member secretary of LPA, C. Baskara Thondaiman, and Tahsildar (South), P. Muruganandam, the officials sealed three gates of the building under construction on the Kothandaraman Mill Road at Mahalipatti.

When the officials arrived at the spot, construction work was underway.

The officials, amidst police bandobust, ordered stop work and directed all the workers to leave the premises before the gates were sealed.

The six-storeyed residential building was being constructed on the land which has been classified as controlled industrial zone as per the approved master plan of the city.

The notice pasted on the gates read that building was constructed in violation of the master plan without plan approval and hence it was being sealed under the Town and Country Plan Act 1971.

The Collector said that the residential building could be constructed only after reclassification of the land use.

Besides, the multi-storeyed building, where the construction of physical structure was almost over, had violated the building height ceiling norms.

“The Corporation has no power to give building plan approval for any building beyond 15-metre height. This power is with the State Government,” Mr. Mishra said.

Officials also pointed out few other violations like the open site reservation had not been made and the required land on the over 2.20 acre of land was not handed over to the Corporation.

Besides, it was said by the officials that the infrastructure and amenities fee was not collected by the local body while granting permission for the building plan.

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