TN govt directed to evict encroachers on lake property

From ET Realty

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government should take a stand on evicting encroachers occupying 32 acres of lake property on city fringes within two months, the Madras high court said.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice MM Sundresh, passing orders on a public interest litigation filed by activist K R ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy , said, “Consider the representation of the petitioner made on November 3, 2014, within a period of two months.”

According to Ramaswamy , about 32 acres fringing the Arafath lake at Sozhambedu village in Thirumullaivoyal in Ambattur taluk of Thiruvallur district had been encroached upon by the anti-social elements.

Due to encroachments water resources has shrunk, causing severe water scarcity in residential localities in the region.

Residents formed a welfare association and have been sending several representations since April 2014.They have repeatedly petitioned the authorities, including chief minister’s cell and the commissioner of Avadi municipality , seeking removal of the encroachment.

The last representation was sent on November 3, 2014, Ramaswamy said in the PIL, adding that since there was no response from anyone he filed the present petition.

He told media that the encroached property could be worth more than `100 crore.

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