CHENNAI: Display of planning permit at the site of buildings under-construction has become mandatory, with the Madras high court directing civic authorities to ensure that the display is ‘clearly visible’ to onlookers and not adhered to as an empty formality.
The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh, passing further orders on PILs relating to unauthorized constructions and deviation in buildings, said the approved plan should be available on the website of the corporation for any building. “The party which has to carry on construction should be mandated to display the plan at the site specifying the user; in case of both CMDA and the corporation, it should be ensured that such display is not placed in such a manner as to only meet a formality, but should be clearly visible.”
The judges then directed Greater Chennai Corporation and CMDA to give adequate publicity so that citizens were aware of the existing law and the directions issued by the court.
In this regard, the bench also pulled up a Greater Chennai Corporation officer of zone IX, for having attempted to conceal details from the court with a view to protect building violators in Chetpet. “We are of the view that this is an endeavour to conceal facts from the court, and we caution the officer to be careful in future,” it said.
The case relates to a PIL filed by Dr V I Mathan and five others who wanted demolition of an illegal construction on Harrington Road in Chetpet. Responding to the PIL, the corporation and CMDA officials removed one extra floor at the building, but the PIL-petitioners said nothing had been done with regard to the setback violations.
The deviation was not mentioned in the official report filed in the court as well, they said, further alleging that K Nandakumar and Dr Jeevan Prameela had put up the illegal construction with the connivance of officials of Greater Chennai Corporation and the CMDA.
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