As part of its efforts to retrieve reserved sites that are encroached upon, the Coimbatore Corporation on Monday retrieved six-and-a-half cents at Alamu Nagar on Sathyamangalam Road.
According to the corporation sources, a team of officials led by Town Planning Officer A. Varadharajan, went to the spot, measured the land to ascertain the extent of encroachment and then took possession of the same.
The person who had encroached upon the same had constructed a compound wall and had made the land part of his property. He had converted the land into a garden and had enjoyed the benefits for nearly 10 years.
The officials said they had retained the wall but cut off the access to the site by fencing the portion that bordered the house. The market value of the land retrieved was stated to be over Rs. 1 crore.
In the same area, a few years ago, the residents had fought a legal battle with the promoter to retrieve over 25 cents that was encroached upon. The residents had to move Supreme Court to get justice.
K. Dinakaran, MLA, on Monday urged the district administration to remove encroachments on the road connecting Avinashi Road with Mylampatti village. In his petition he said that the road connected Velloanaipatti, Kalapatti and a few other villages. On both sides of the road, there were encroachments that affected the movement of vehicles. Besides, water supply lines and electric poles were found very close to the road end. Whenever there was leak in the water pipelines, the road was also damaged. The administration should take up the work to remove encroachments on a priority basis and help provide free movement of vehicles.