More than 200 flats in Anna Nagar have been asked to raze illegal portions.
What’s it about? The housing and urban development corporation has asked the owners of 216 flats of the LIC Jeevan Bhima Nagar apartment complex in Anna Nagar to restore the CMDA-sanctioned plan. The CMDA previously issued lock, seal, and demolition notices. The violations surfaced after a 2011 litigation by LIC. There were several illegal constructions in 28 blocks.
- After no action was taken by the CMDA, a contempt petition was filed against it in 2019. A CMDA inspection found 216 dwelling units in 28 blocks.
- 180 residents filed petitions with the government saying the unlawful extensions were on an undivided share of land. Last week, a letter from the housing department said the petitioners violated the approvals by constructing additional structures.
CMDA’s role: The CMDA was asked to monitor the removal of the unapproved structures. If they aren’t restored per the plan, then authorities can lock and seal them. The government also asked the CMDA to examine the representation by LIC for the withdrawal of notices for flats owned by them.