Officials of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), with the assistance of police, on Thursday sealed a commercial building on Usman Road, T. Nagar, for violation of building rules.

According to the officials, the owner of the building obtained planning permission on November 4, 2008, from the Chennai Corporation to construct a “stilt floor, plus two floors with two dwelling units” but had built a commercial structure “comprising ground floor, two floors and a part of the third floor.”

The building, on 65/2 (new), 69/2 (old) Usman Road, is on the junction of Venkatesan Street and Usman Road and has encroached on the footpath of Venkatesan Street, the officials said.

According to a release from the CMDA, as the building was occupied for running commercial activity, the owner was requested to discontinue the use and vacate the premises.

Failing this the premises would be locked and sealed with things and materials without further notice.

In response, the owner had requested 30 days' time to shift the business from the existing area to another place and had assured to demolish the side walls of the stilt floor and restore the building as stilt plus two floors. The owner, however, failed to restore the building to the approved plan and carried on the business, the release said.

The release said the violations pertain to excess floor, set back space, usage, Floor Space Index (FSI) and parking as per Development Regulation.

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