The premises will be locked and sealed if it fails to do so within 30 days

Amended Act provides more powers to CMDA

Two residential complexes sealed at Sowcarpet

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has issued notice to Chennai Silks, T.Nagar, directing it to remove unauthorised construction on its premises. The premises would be locked and sealed if it fails to do so within 30 days.

CMDA sources told The Hindu that unauthorised portions of the Chennai Silks building were demolished in 2007. However, the demolished portions were recently rebuilt and put to use, and hence the present notice.

In another case of building violation at Sowcarpet, the CMDA locked and sealed two residential complexes on Tuesday after issuing notices.

The recently amended Town and Country Planning Act provides powers to both the CMDA and the local bodies such as the Chennai Corporation to lock and seal the premises where unauthorised constructions have not been removed.

The earlier process involved issuing of stop-work notice followed by the serving of demolition notice. This was found less effective and the amendment facilitates sealing of unauthorised buildings as an effective deterrent to curb building violations.

The CMDA and the local bodies can carry on with the sealing irrespective of whether the owner’s appeal against the notice either with the government or in the court of law is settled or pending. The amended Act has made it clear that “no injunction shall be granted by any court,” against notices issued by the appropriate authority to remove unauthorised construction and discontinue its use.

However, unauthorised construction completed before July 27, 2007 will not be affected by this amended Act since they are protected by an ordinance passed by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Notice to Nalli Silks

The CMDA has issued notice to the Nalli Silks building near Panagal Park that was the site of an accident that resulted in the death of construction workers.

The notice demanded that the owners of the building provide particulars of the planning permission so that the CMDA could verify whether the construction complied with the building rules.