New CMDA guidelines likely to regularise illegal buildings

Structures built before July 2007 to benefit; plans to modify vehicle parking too

Published: 21st July 2016 05:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2016 05:28 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is likely to come out with new guidelines to regularise illegal buildings built before July 2007 as the final draft is set to get the approval from the government.

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority officials held a discussion with the Chief Secretary earlier this month while discussing the salient features of the final draft guidelines based on the recommendation of the Justice Rajeswaran Committee.

Sources said that some of the provisions were given a thorough check. This includes the provision which denies regularisation to buildings that lack drainage and could be inundated during flooding.

There are also plans to modify the guideline on vehicle parking. While the committee wanted at least 75 per cent of the requirement to be provided on site, the CMDA has relaxed it to 60 per cent.

Some of the provisions wer more generic and without reasoning, alleged sources. The parameters to be complied with to fulfil the requirement have not been spelt out, said sources.

The agency is also thinking of doing away with a provision which exempts industrial and institutional buildings not having more than two floors. There are no such building in existence throughout the state prior to July 1, 2007, sources stated.

The Justice Rajeswaran Committee, comprising  members of the DTCP, CMDA and School of Architecture, was formed to frame guidelines for effective implementation of the amendment under which the structures built before July 1, 2007 were to be regularised. After the proposed provision of the draft guidelines of Section 113-C of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1971, was published on CMDA website on November 12, 2015, 127 objections and suggestions were received from the public.

The final guidelines were framed after the recommendations were scrutinised by the public. It, however, is not yet clear what the suggestions and objections were. 

Meanwhile, the court-appointed monitoring committee had opposed the implementation of Section 113-C stating that it is one time affair and it has already been granted by exempting illegal building built before 1999.

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