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Hostile mob halts building demolition

STOPPING A VIOLATION: CMDA official supervising the demolition of unauthorised floors of a building at T. Nagar in Chennai on Friday.

STOPPING A VIOLATION: CMDA official supervising the demolition of unauthorised floors of a building at T. Nagar in Chennai on Friday.  



Staff Reporter

High Court orders maintenance of status quo on the structure

CHENNAI: Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority officials demolished part of an upcoming multi-storeyed building on South Usman Road, T. Nagar, on Friday, for deviating from the approved plan. However, they were not able to complete the work because of a hostile mob and a High Court stay order on the demolition.

Officials said plan approval had been given for T.K. Chandran to build a `stilt-parking lot' on the ground floor and four floors for commercial use by `TCS Silks.'

But the builder had gone on to construct two more floors without approval, a senior CMDA official said.

Despite being served with a notice on June 6 and a demolition notice on July 11, the builder had gone ahead with the construction.

On Friday morning, CMDA officers arrived with a group of workers to begin the demolition, but were mobbed by dozens of employees from the adjacent Chennai Silks within half-an-hour, and had their equipment taken away.

The builder, meanwhile, moved the Madras High Court, which ordered maintenance of the status quo on the structure. The demolition work was subsequently stopped.

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