Monitoring Committee to Submit ATR Before Madras HC

Published: 22nd December 2014 06:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd December 2014 06:35 PM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: The monitoring committee will submit its Action Taken Report to Madras High Court on Tuesday besides seeking its relevance under the state government’s new regularization scheme which legalizes illegal buildings built before 2007. 

The Action Taken Report is being filed by monitoring committee after Madras high court, hearing a petition filed by non official member of monitoring committee M G Devasahayam, ordered for a detailed summary of what happened till now in pursuance of the directions passed by the High court in 2006 to stem the problem of unauthorised constructions.

It is learnt that the action taken report will be based on the 15 action paras stipulated by Madras High court in its order on August 23, 2006 which made the monitoring committee relevant.  It is learnt that despite numerous suggestions by monitoring committee, which was appointed by Madras High Court, only one recommendation regarding the completion certificate was implemented.  But the remaining recommendations never saw the light of the day.

The high court ordering monitoring committee to act on multi-storeyed commercial complexes which are more than four floors in height so that necessary modifications could be done for satisfying the norms for fire safety and car parking facilities in building premises got diluted after state government brought in a new ordinance on July 22, 2007.

It notified deferring of coercive action on unauthorized building put up prior to July 2007 by way of moratorium.  It is learnt that the stringent action for unauthorized buildings constructed between July 1999, the cutoff date prescribed by High Court order and July 2007, prescribed in the new regularization scheme of state government under section 113-c diluted the Madras High court order of 2006. 

In the para five of Madras High Court order, the monitoring committee was ordered to suggest less stringent measures bearing in mind the impact of retaining the residential multi-storeyed buildings as well as special buildings.

It is learnt a sub-committee was constituted to recommend ways and means for less stringent measures and the report was forwarded to the government for approval but it never saw the light of the day.  Even Madras high court order of 2006 asking the monitoring committee to identify professional builders of illegal multi-storeyed and special buildings for imposition of heavy peanalties which could be used to compensate the unwary purchasers was noble move.

A sub-committee was constituted for imposing heavy penalties and recommendations were also submitted but this was never implemented. 

Even the move to act against illegal builders as well as corrupt CMDA officials was never taken up despite enforcement cell of CMDA having a list of erring builders. The monitoring committee’s recommendation to register the builders under area plans unit was also not taken up.  

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