The High Court-appointed monitoring committee, which met on Friday, directed the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority to study the possibility of constituting a panel of architects to check building violations.

The committee expressed dissatisfaction over the enforcement action taken by CMDA and the Chennai Corporation so far and said “special teams formed for enforcement is not having an effect.”

“Stop work notice is not working. Violation has become the order of the day. Architects of multi storied buildings and special buildings should be involved in monitoring the construction in every stage till the completion certificate is issued,” said M.G.Devasahayam, monitoring committee member.

The committee also suggested that the architects who fail to report violation of the buildings properly should be penalised.

The monitoring committee pointed to the Madras High Court’s decision in 2006 to strike down various schemes introduced by the government to regularise unauthorised construction. The court upheld only the scheme that was announced in 1999. This meant that unauthorised buildings completed before February 28, 1999 alone qualified for regularisation.

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