The Madras High Court has opined that the time has come for Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority to consider if some safeguards were required by which the sanctioning authority was informed about builders or promoters of residential flats who were facing litigation for violations of the sanctioned plans.

Some measures like not giving approval ‘to such applicants’ alone would discourage persons, having ‘no respect for adhering to the sanctioned plans and who are motivated by greed and nothing else’, a Division Bench, comprising Justice Prabha Sridevan and Justice N. Satyanarayanan held.

In their interim order on a petition filed by one R. Vanuja, seeking a direction to the city authorities to demolish an unauthorised construction put up by promoters in the second floor of a housing project, the Judges said ’desparate situations required desperate measures’.

The Judges pointed out that if sanction was denied on the ground of previous violations unscrupulous builders would ’reign in and toe the rules and unauthorised constructions will not come up’.

The Judges expressed the hope that the State government would look into the matter and take necessary action.

They posted the petition for further hearing on February 2.

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