It is being pulled down for lack of safety provisions and required permissions

At about 8 a.m. on Friday morning, officials from Coimbatore Corporation and the Coimbatore Local Planning Authority (LPA) and the police descended on Vignesvar Cresta on Avanashi Road. Accompanied by 25 men mobilised by the Corporation, they started demolishing the building, starting from the terrace.

The building that housed nearly 10 offices was damaged in a fire on April 25. Four women were killed in the fire. The district administration invoked the powers of the Revenue Divisional Officer under Section 133 (d) of the Criminal Procedure Code to inquire into the accident.

Coimbatore District Collector M. Karunagaran told The Hindu on Friday that demolition orders were issued by the Collector for violation of the rules of the Town and Country Planning Act and also by the RDO.

“The order is for demolition of the entire building,” he said. However, officials who were present when the demolition commenced said they planned to demolish the second and third floors initially as these did not have the required permission.

The structure has planning permission for industry building. It has permission for basement, ground and first floors. But, it is used as a commercial building. “It does not satisfy the rules of public building.”

The second and third floors do not have the required permission.

It also does not have safety provisions. There is just one entry and exit staircase and no emergency exit.