The guidelines issued by the Tamil Nadu government recently do not provide any exemption on safety norms, parking space and pollution board and electrical clearances, writesM. Soundariya Preetha

The local bodies and the Local Planning Authority (LPA) gear up to implement the building regularisation guidelines.

The initial focus is on multi-storeyed commercial and residential structures and industrial buildings.

In the case of individual houses, those who want to regularise the building can apply.

The guidelines issued by the Tamil Nadu government recently do not provide any exemption on safety norms, parking space and pollution board and electrical clearances.

Not all buildings will be eligible for regularisation. There should be proof that the building was constructed before July 2007 and there should be no violation of land use classification.

For instance, if the land is classified as residential and if it is a commercial or industrial structure that has come up on it, then it cannot be regularised.

An official of the Coimbatore Corporation says that some of the attachments to be submitted for regularising a building are: fire service certification, property tax assessment details, patta copy attested by the deputy tahsildar, structural engineer certificate, and demand draft for the penalty.

According to town and country planning officials, while those in the corporation and municipal areas can apply to the local body, those in panchayats and town panchayats should apply to the LPA.

The officials also explain that in the case of road width violation, each building will have to pay for the area that they have not provided for the road.

For instance, if a four floor multi-storeyed apartment with car park area has just a 25 ft access road instead of a 30 ft road, the building can be regularised now and the penalty will have to be paid for the five ft not provided for the road.

Each building on either side of the road will have to pay for the five ft area not provided and cannot share the cost for the five ft.

If the building owner is paying a penalty with the property tax for deviations in the building, the penalty will be continued even after the building is regularised.

In the case of multi-storeyed apartments, the resident welfare associations should decide as to how they would share the cost for regularisation. Though there is no cut-off date now, more number of building owners will start regularising the buildings when action is taken on the structures for violations and deviations.

By regularising the building, action on the structure can be avoided in the future too, the officials say. Details of the guidelines are available with the corporations, municipalities and the LPA.

M. Soundariya Preetha

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