Madras HC pulled up CMDA over unauthorised buildings

CHENNAI: For the third consecutive day on Thursday, the Madras high court pulled up the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) for its failure to take action on unauthorised buildings.

Underlining that the CMDA tried to pass the buck to the Chennai corporation by not taking action on illegal structures despite several representations, a livid first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan said, “This habit of shifting burden on the other authority must stop and we direct our order to be placed before the member-secretary of CMDA for necessary action.”

The matter pertains to K Y Currimbhoy and six others, who had moved the court after the failure of CMDA to demolish an illegal structure in their neighbourhood. According to the petition, they were owners of flats in Number 84, Easadale Enclave on Sterling Road in Nungambakkam. A resident of Number 89 in the same locality, Jothivel, had constructed a four-storey building, two of them being unauthorised. The illegal structure was blocking the free flow of air to their apartments and also causing damage to the enclave’s compound walls.

The petitioners had approached the CMDA, following which it sent a representation to the regional director of the corporation asking the civic body to take action on the unapproved building on June 27. As no action was taken, the seven flat owners moved the high court. The bench said when it had inquired from the counsels of CMDA and the corporation separately, they tried to blame each other. It was only after the bench directed to summon them together that the CMDA accepted that the matter was within its jurisdiction.

It then directed the CMDA to inspect the building and take necessary action within two months.

Credits ET Realty

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