PIL seeking to halt conversion of farm land into residential layouts in TN

CHENNAI: A PIL filed by a practising advocate in the Madras high court has sought to halt the conversion of farmlands into residential layouts across the state and called for penal action against those peddling unapproved plots.

The first bench of the court, which has already issued a blanket ban on registration of unauthorized layouts anywhere in Tamil Nadu, thereby sounding the death knell to a thriving unauthorized real estate development racket, said it would hear the new PIL along with the pending ones. On September 9, the first bench had issued prohibitory orders directing registration department officials not to register sale deeds of unauthorized constructions till further orders.

A real estate developers’ association took the matter on appeal to the Supreme Court, which declined to interfere in the matter and asked the stakeholders to go back to the high court for remedy. All these matters will now be taken up for hearing together on Friday. On Wednesday, the new PIL said there was need for special penal provisions to punish persons engaged in the development and sale of unapproved layouts.

Expressing concern over indiscriminate conversion of agricultural lands for other purposes all over Tamil Nadu, the PIL said the government must be directed to ‘institute comprehensive land utilisation and layout approval policies and procedures for the protection of agricultural lands against conversions and approval of plots/layouts/buildings.’ The PIL said plot approvals by directorate of town and country planning or CMDA must be interlinked with building approvals to be granted by corporations and other local bodies.

Credits ET Realty

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