The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority on Friday locked and sealed a residential building in Vepery.

According to a press release from CMDA, the building bearing old no.76 & 77, new no.147 & 149 on Choolai High Road was locked and sealed on Friday under the provisions of section 56 and 57 of Town and Country Planning Act, 1971.

The owner had obtained planning permission on May 5, 2010 from CMDA for construction of stilt plus four floors of residential building. The number of dwelling units proposed under the plan was seven. CMDA later found that the owner had constructed ground floor plus four floors in deviation to the approved plan. The owner even tried to construct additional dwelling units by raising columns in the fifth floor. As part of the efforts to check unauthorised constructions in Chennai Metropolitan Area, CMDA issued notice to the developer on September 7, 2012.

However, the developer failed to remove the deviated portions of the structure and continued to construct the building with violations.

The deviations in the buildings include violations pertaining to building dimension, front set back, side set back and conversion of stilt floor as ground floor.

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