TAMIL NADU

Building firm asked to compensate buyer

CHENNAI, FEB. 15. A construction firm which flouted various provisions of a purchase agreement with a buyer, and handed over a flat built in violation of key building control rules, has been directed to pay Rs. 4.87 lakhs to the buyer.

In her complaint, M. Chandra said though the builder _ City Star _ received Rs. 1.6 lakhs for an exclusive car parking facility, the flat had no such provision. As against the promise of a 666 sqft built-up area, she ultimately got 561 sqft.

She also alleged that various development control rules were violated. The firm, however, denied all allegations, including the payment for car parking.

However, an advocate-commissioner and an engineer, assigned by the forum to verify the claims, reported that the building had deviated from the sanction plan and violated mandatory flood space index.

The Bench, comprising the president, K. Ramasamy, and the member, V. Sheeba, observed: ``This is a classic example of how a builder can deviate from the sanctioned plan and violate statutory rules with impunity''.

It directed the builder to pay Rs. 4,87,340 to Ms. Chandra within a month, at 12 per cent interest from July 31, 2000.

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