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In a recent happening, a case of false documentation came into light in Tamil Nadu. The TNRERA [Tamil Nadu Real Estate Regulatory Authority] is taking stringent action against violators for not abiding by the law and in between this a case of structure engineer came is bought into their notice who is accused of issuing false certificates to help the developers for keeping their project unnoticed from the real estate regulator.

The authority has asked the Greater Chennai Corporation to take necessary action against the engineer who is registered as a license surveyor with the civic body.

As per the sources, a homebuyer has lodged a complaint against Pacifica Aurum Villas project promoted by Sylvanus Builders and Developers Ltd in Pudupakkam on Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road. The accused structure engineer issued a certificate to the building that showed it complete according to the sanctioned plan with 378 villas and 120 units in the block designed for the Economically Weaker Sections [EWS] section.  

While relying on the certificate, the Department of Town and Country Planning [DTCP] declared the project structurally complete and exempted it from getting registered with the RERA authority in June 2017.

This project was a part of 188 projects in the DTCP jurisdiction in the State excluding Chennai Metropolitan Area. The Tamil Nadu Real Estate Regulatory Authority took this complaint seriously and asked the Department of Town and Country Planning to carry out an inquiry on the same.

In the inquiry, it was found that the project is incomplete and seven villas in the same were not constructed. It was also found that the development of 120 EWS units was not resumed yet and it contradicted to the certificate issued by the structural engineer.