8-floor building in Chennai’s Pallavaram sealed for violating norms
The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) sealed an eight-storey showroom under construction belonging to Chennai Silks in Pallavaram on Friday, barely 100 days after a fire gutted the T Nagar showroom of the retail chain, for carrying out construction without plan permission.
The building, to be leased to Chennai Silks after completion of construction, had come up in just one month without building approval, government sources said. “The land owner applied for planning permission for a multistorey building and the CMDA sought no-objection certificate (NOC) from three agencies, including the Airports Authority of India. But, construction started in the absence of a CMDA nod, making the structure illegal,” an official said.
Chennai Silks managing director Manickam directed an associate of the property owner and developer, J M Amanuallah, to issue a response. M Basheer, who identified himself as an associate of Amanuallah, said, “We have received a government order from the department of housing and urban development allowing construction. Besides we have paid the development charges of Rs 4.65 crore and submitted NOC from AAI.” Planning permission was likely to be issued on Monday, he added. Basheer said they applied for planning permission five months ago after an application was rejected two years ago. However, it was not clear on what grounds the planning permission for the building was rejected two years ago.