TRICHY: Did you know that it is mandatory for builders to put up display boards giving details of the approved plan and permission details at construction sites? This is to enable buyers know that all rules are being adhered to by the real estate developer.
The Local Planning Authority recently sealed a multi-storey in K Abishekapuram and also imposed a fine on the builder for raising an extra floor without approval. This is one of several cases of deliberate violations which often go unnoticed till the end of construction.
“While a display board is visible during commencement of construction work, it is often found missing in the later stages,” said B Hemanathan, president of a resident association is Srirangam. On most occasions, the boards are removed deliberately to hide deviation from the building plan, he said.
Seconding Hemanathan’s view, secretary of Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, S Pushpavanam, who has been spearheading a legal battle against several commercial establishments which have violated building norms, said that display boards are not visible at many construction sites. He also urged the civic body to differentiate between commercial and residential areas in the city. The lack of such a regulation is also adding up to building violations, he said.
The boards are supposed to give details including the architect’s name, planning permission number and the type of construction.
The lack of awareness among the public about display boards at construction sites is also allowing builders to get away with violations. This is reflected in the negligible number of complaints received by the civic body.
The meagre penalty imposed on builders is also letting them violate building regulations. “We collect 75 per square metre for residential and 150 for commercial building space as security deposit before the beginning of construction. The builder will forfeit the deposit if any deviation is found from the approved plan,” said P Sivapatham, assistant executive engineer in Trichy Corporation Office, who also heads the Town Planning Department.
However, experts say that the amount forfeited may not amount to a big loss for a builder. They pointed out that the violations are facilitated by lack of stringent provisions in the Town and Country Planning Act.
A senior corporation official said, “Most of the times, a mere warning and a nominal fine is not enough to ensure that builders won’t violate the norms again.”
“We have been monitoring buildings across the city for violations, but there are hardly any norms to demolish buildings for such violations,” added the official.
Credits ET Realty