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The building on Veerappan Street on Sowcarpet whose unauthorised portions were demolished by CMDA on Tuesday.
The building on Veerappan Street on Sowcarpet whose unauthorised portions were demolished by CMDA on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

CMDA intensifies drive

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) continued with its drive against unauthorised constructions in the city on Tuesday and demolished portions of a building in Sowcarpet.

“The owner of the building had obtained permission from the Chennai Corporation for a residential ordinary building on the 2,400 sq ft of land on Veerappan street but built a commercial multi-storeyed building with ground plus six floors,” an official of the CMDA present during the demolition said.

“As multi-storeyed buildings come under the purview of CMDA, we issued a stop-work certificate in July. Then demolition certificate was issued on September 10. After one month, we have started the demolition ,” he added.

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is determined to demolish unauthorised constructions that have come up after July 27, 2007, according to officials.

“The building had power supply and Metro Water connection,” CMDA officials said. They complained that the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and Chennai Metrowater had provided power and water connections for the unauthorised building without the completion certificate of the CMDA.

The violations noticed in the demolished building at Sowcarpet included plot extent, plot coverage, Floor Space Index, Usage, parking space and set back, according to officials.

The width of Veerappan Street, on which the building is located, is only 6 metre but the existing construction requires a road width of 18 metres, said an official.

The FSI permitted for such buildings is only 1.5 but the FSI of the demolished building exceeded 4, he added. While the plot coverage had to be 40 per cent according to rules, the building had 100 per cent plot coverage, according to officials.

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