MADURAI: Officials from the local planning authority (LPA) on Thursday sealed a multi-storeyed building in the city at Kalavasal that houses a retail supermarket, which was recently inaugurated. Official sources said that the building was constructed without adequate back space whereby rescue operations in case of emergencies would become difficult.
The building owner did not get the mandatory approval from the LPA for a multi-storey building, but went ahead with the construction, with approval from the city corporation. Based on the violations unearthed, LPA officials had issued a notice to the owner three months before and the retail chain major was also given prior notice. On Thursday, when the officials reached the spot the supermarket authorities sought time to vacate their perishable items from the building. The building was sealed by the officials after the retail major moved out their goods.
Meanwhile, Madurai municipal corporation officials sealed two more buildings in the city limits for various violations. A building at Palam Station road was given permission for 1,900 square feet with a ground and first floor, but it was found that the owners constructed it on 12,300 sq ft with ground plus four floors. Another commercial building at West Chithirai Street had permission for 2,096 sq ft with two floors, however the building was constructed with three floors and up to 12 metres violating the height restriction since the maximum height of the buildings within in the 1 km radius of Meenakshi temple should be 9 m. Besides, the building measured 3,600 sq ft and had a cellar too. Based on the violations, Corporation commissioner, R Nanthagopal and chief town planning officer, M Rakkappan, along with other officials sealed these buildings.