Officials of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority on Friday sealed a multi-storey building in Madipakkam for glaring violations of rules and for constructing three floors more than the original plan for which permission was obtained.
Officials said an individual had applied last year to Pallavaram Municipality for constructing a bank cum residential complex on about two grounds (4,800 square feet) of land at Madipakkam on Medavakkam Main Road. The application was for constructing a part of stilt floor (for car parking) and a portion on the ground, first and second floors.
However, the builder had used nearly 100 per cent of the land and had built three floors more than what was permitted. Officials said they received complaints from the general public following which they resorted to the action on Friday.
A notice on the building stated that the building was subject to enforcement as per Section 56 (2A) of Town and Country Planning Act, 1971. Consequent to the notice issued on May 11 this year, the premise was locked and sealed and the same shall continue till the building is restored as per planning permission/removal of unauthorised portion, or till this order is revoked.
Pallavaram Municipality officials had served notices to the builder but they had no powers to seal the building. After receiving notices, the builder had approached CMDA for giving its permission to enable him construct three additional floors and it was promptly refused. They said the building was a violation in all forms, be it use of land space, additional floors and encroachment of a public pathway. While the permitted FSI (Floor Space Index) was 1.5, the actual construction was many times more.