Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP), Coimbatore region has sealed an administrative building and the office of the college principal at Indus College of Engineering at Kalimangalam.
The college management had not got DTCP approval to construct the buildings and did not have no-objection certificates from forest department and Hill Area Conservation Authority (HACA). The officials were asked to not to seal the academic buildings though all the structures are illegal.
The college has a girls’ hostel (two-storied building), a boys’ hostel, three academic blocks and a kitchen. The total constructed area covers 1.56 lakh sqft and the college is located on 17.45 acres.
K Mookaiah, Deputy Director, DTCP, Coimbatore region, said, “The college management built the structure without DTCP approval. It is an illegal building. We issued a notice to the college management last year. Instead of approaching us, they went to the Madras high court, which dismissed their petition.”
He said that the college management was given enough time to get approval as well as NOC from the forest department and HACA.
“We got no-objection certificates from the agriculture, mines, geology, PWD and revenue department. We have to get NOC from forest department. After we get the forest department NOC, we will approach HACA for final approval. We have appointed special officers to get approval from DTCP,” said L Moorthy, public relations officer, Indus College of Engineering, reported ToI.