Agencies to begin identification of buildings violating norms

The Chennai Corporation and the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) on Wednesday decided to commence work on identifying authorised and unauthorised buildings in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas.

On completion of the study in two months, statutory regulations will be in place and violations of CRZ norms in localities in the Chennai metropolitan area will be under the scanner by April.

At a meeting held by various civic bodies and the department of environment, the CMDA was entrusted with the task of compiling data on structures violating CRZ norms in the metropolitan area. The Chennai Corporation has also asked its zonal officials to commence survey of authorised and unauthorised buildings in CRZ areas in their zones.

The assistant executive engineers of the Chennai Corporation will identify such buildings constructed after 1991 in CRZ-II and CRZ-III.

Some of the buildings to be screened are within 100 metres on either side of the Buckingham canal in the entire metropolitan area.

The civic body will also screen buildings within 100 metres of Cooum River from the river mouth to Chetpet bridge and within 100 metres of Adyar river from its mouth to Maraimalai Adigal bridge in Saidapet.

A 500-metre coastal strip extending over 55 km between Ennore in the north and Uthandi in the south, most of which is under CRZ-II, is also under the scanner.

The Tamil Nadu state coastal zone management authority had recently given CRZ clearance for redevelopment projects such as the one at Foreshore Estate to be undertaken by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board. The CRZ clearance will facilitate planning permission for the 2800 dwelling units proposed to be constructed in the area.

The project was cleared as it is on the landward side of a road that existed before 1991. All structures in these areas will be regulated after April.