The under-construction Semmanchery police station is nearing completion and Tamil Nadu Police Housing Corporation (TNPHC) officials confirmed that they have got necessary approvals from all government bodies concerned.
A Greater Chennai Police official said that the land was not encroached upon as claimed by some, adding that it was reclassified for institutional use way back in 2015.
“The application for planning clearance was submitted earlier and it was with the nod of the authorities concerned that the construction was started, even though the official clearance came much later,” said the official. The CMDA letter of planning clearance for the police station is dated August 19, 2019.
Police officials said it was important to clear the air on this topic as the department was being projected in a negative manner among the public giving the impression that it has encroached the land without getting required clearances.