The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) on Friday sealed two buildings for violations.

According to a press release, the owner of a multi-storey commercial building, located at new no.29, old no.24, Armenian Street, had applied for regularisation. The application was examined and rejected.

The CMDA issued notice for locking and sealing the building and asked the owner to restore the land to its original condition. The building was sealed as the owner failed to comply with the instruction of the CMDA. Another building bearing door no.508, Jaishankar Chowdry Street, Kapaliswarar Nagar, Neelankarai, was sealed following the failure of the owner to comply with the directive of the Madras High Court within the stipulated time.

The building was sealed on October 15, 2010 and the seal was removed on July 13, 2011 in compliance with the High Court order permitting the owner to rectify the deviation. The building lies in Aquifer Recharge Area. Only ordinary buildings with maximum plot coverage of 40 per cent and maximum Floor Space Index (FSI) of 0.80 are permitted in the area.

The plot coverage for the building was 64 per cent with a FSI of over one. The building had stilt floor plus first and second floor (part). A column had been raised for constructing an additional floor. The enforcement action by locking and sealing the building was taken under Section 56 and 57 of Town and Country Planning Act 1971, the release said.

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