Special Correspondent

Plea for painted boards in front of unauthorised buildings

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Consumer Cause has called upon the district administration to order the display of painted boards in front of buildings that have violated building rules. The boards will contain information for the public that the entire buildings or some structures in them are unauthorised.

The consumer body has suggested this measure to get around the problem of building owners or builders removing notices stuck on the unauthorised structures and blaming it on rain.

A couple of months ago, District Collector Neeraj Mittal ordered the display of notices in front of the buildings that were found to be totally unauthorised or found to have structures that deviated from the approved plan.

The Collector had also warned of action against those who removed these notices. The public could also inform the authorities concerned if more violations were taking place.

In a letter addressed to the Collector recently, secretary of the consumer organisation K. Kathirmathiyon appreciated the administration’s efforts at dealing with violations, since the issue involved the safety of the public. This had resulted in alerting the members of the public who intended to purchase or take the building on rent.

The builders of such structures were under tremendous pressure as they had been exposed. But, the notices stuck in some of the buildings were removed. This might lead to an opinion among the public that there was no violation.

If some buildings were left out from exhibiting such information, the promoters of those buildings were likely to mislead the public by claiming that their buildings faced no threat of action from the authorities.

Hence, such information should be displayed at all the multi-storeyed buildings including the flats that were under construction without an approved plan or with major deviations from the plan.

The deviations could result in problems such as the lack of safety measures and non-availability of parking space. To eliminate claims of notices disappearing because of rain, the information should be painted on a board and displayed in front of the buildings.

The consumer body also wanted Avanashi Road to be used more as a carriage way and less as parking space after it was provided with six lanes.

The consumer activist rejected the opinion that such a restriction would drastically reduce the flow of customers to commercial complexes.

If business was hit because people did not find parking space, only the builders had to be blamed for not providing space for vehicles in the buildings.