The Madras High Court has dismissed a batch of writ petitions challenging the acquisition of lands under the Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Lands for Industrial Purposes Act for SIPCOT’s Irungattukottai Expansion Scheme, Unit-IV, at Sriperumbudur.

The issue involved acquisition proceedings in respect of lands in Pillaipakkam, Vengadu, Navalur and Irumbedu villages.

Justice P. Jyothimani said in all these cases, notices were issued and objections called for.

The objections were considered by the District Collector.

In cases like these where the larger interest of the State was involved, the question of considering in detail the objections of individual owners would only thwart the very object of the legislation because the purpose was to have industrial development, of course, for the purpose of giving it to individual entrepreneurs at a later point of time.

In cases where larger extent of lands had been purchased by some writ petitioners with a view to putting up industries, it could not be said to be against the very purpose of the Act. Though it was true that it was ultimately for the respondents to decide after formation of industrial area to give it to individual entrepreneurs on the basis of merit, at the same time it was incumbent on the government to consider any legitimate claim by the writ petitioners for allotment of alternative sites for establishing their industries.

Genuine claims

Certainly, such genuine claims by the individual petitioners should be considered in the proper perspective, Mr. Justice Jyothimani said.