M. Ramesh

ChennaiApril 12The Chennai Citi Centre building will not be demolished, a senior official of the ETA group, whose promoters own the building, said today.The mega shopping mall was built recently and houses INOX movie theatres, food courts and shops of Adidas, Arrow, Barista, KFC, Helvetica, Gangothri, Indigo Nation, Landmark, Louis Phillippe, Titan and Wangs Kitchen.

Authorities had threatened to pull down the building citing deviations in construction norms.

Mr P.H.M. Syed Ismail, Managing Director, ETA Star Properties Ltd, said that the deviations amounted to "only six per cent" and there was sufficient room to rectify the violations. The rectification would be done in 4-6 months' time, Mr Ismail said.

"We will comply with all the norms of the Town and Country Planning Regulations, 1971," he said, adding that there were many buildings in Chennai with far more serious violations of the rules.

Residential project

Mr Ismail was talking to

Business Line

on the sidelines of a press conference held to announce the company's launch of a Rs 84-crore residential project in Chennai.

Located 11 km away on either direction from Kathipara junction and Sriperumbudur, the 2.87 lakh sq. ft, 6-block complex will house 219 apartments and will also feature amenities such as a swimming pool, a gymnasium, children's play area, a supermarket and a cafeteria.

ETA Star is selling the properties at Rs 2,990 per sq.ft., Mr Ismail said. ETA Star is also building residential complexes at Padur on Old Mahabalipuram road, Greenways Road and a commercial building at where the Anand Theatre stands today.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated April 13, 2007)
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