Chennai: Tamil Nadu became the first state in the country to stoutly resist MNC ‘invasion’ into the domestic retail sector. On Tuesday, CMDA authorities placed a seal on the massive warehouse spreading across 7 acres that had reportedly been built for one of the world’s leading multinational retail giants, Walmart.
The building that bears the name M/s Ramda has created doubts ever since its construction came to light. Political parties led by AIADMK and even UPA partner DMK besides Left parties have been protesting against the construction and operation of Bharati Walmart joint venture’s wholesale trade marketing office in Anna Nagar West and its warehouse in Vanagaram.
A CMDA note says, “Building bearing survey no. 104/2A & 3 at Noombal Village on Poonamallee High Road in Chennai consists of ground floor and first floor and a notice calling for approved plan was issued on November 14, 2012.
However, the owner did not furnish any approved plan and hence locking and sealing notice was issued on November 27, 2012.” The note went on to add, “As the building is being constructed unauthorisedly and construction work was in progress despite notices issued, the building was locked and sealed on February 19, 2013.”
CMDA crackdown came shortly after the building owner denied any links between his sprawling godown under construction at Vanagaram and Walmart. The owner’s denial came in the wake of a police complaint lodged by Muthu Ramesh Kumar who had also filed a criminal original petition in the Madras High Court seeking direction to the deputy commissioner of police, Anna Nagar to book an FIR on his complaint seeking probe into the construction of the godown and marketing office for retail trade in the garb of wholesale business.