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Updated: November 6, 2011 08:37 IST

Shifting of Anna library stayed

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A view of the Anna Centenary library in Kotturpuram. The Madras HC on Friday ordered an interim stay on the Government's decision to convert it as a super-speciality paediatric hospital. File photo
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A view of the Anna Centenary library in Kotturpuram. The Madras HC on Friday ordered an interim stay on the Government's decision to convert it as a super-speciality paediatric hospital. File photo

The Madras High Court on Friday stayed until further orders the Tamil Nadu government's decision to shift the Anna Centenary Library from Kotturpuram to the DPI campus at Nungambakkam.

The First Bench comprising Chief Justice M.Y.Eqbal and Justice T.S.Sivagnanam passed the order on three public interest litigation petitions. While one petitioner sought to forbid the authorities from shifting the library to any other place, another petitioner sought quashing the Cabinet resolution of November 2 and direct the authorities to form an apolitical committee to monitor the proper functioning of the library. The third petition sought to declare the government decision to shift the library and convert the Kotturpuram premises into a super specialty paediatric hospital as null and void.

The Bench said the issue whether shifting of the library was justified or not should be considered. It directed the Advocate-General to file a counter-affidavit.

The order said: “Put up these cases after six weeks. In the meantime and until further orders are passed, the decision taken by the government to shift the library shall remain stayed.”

Now that Madam Jayalalitha heard the people's voices, one should expect that she would gracefully reverse the cabinet's decision. It's time to curb wasteful expenditure, and focus on real issues like sanitation, good public transportation, maintenance of roads, dredging of rivers and canals to avoid flooding, control electricity theft and the like. These five years of mandate is a golden opportunity for her to establish herself as a wise leader, raising above petty politics. See how people still talk about good governance by Rajaji and Kamaraj. Even today, Nitish Kumar and Modi are role models in their states. So, please, madam, see that you grab this opportunity to leave a legacy by serving the people sincerely and earn their everlasting goodwill.

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 04:33 IST

The move unfolds a project of undoing, that this Government has bent its mind on. People have elected the AIADMK Government because they were disenchanted with the nefarious family-vested politics of the DMK party and monumental corruption and misuse of public positions. The vote against DMK was not to dismantle institutions built by the DMK Govt. Picking structures one by one built by the previous Govt., to dismantle and recast is whimsical and based on vengeance politics. But what is involved in this game of one-up-manship are projects created with tax-payers' money and not with DMK party funds. The mandate is for doing and not undoing. The mandate is to build up strong systems of checks and balances that would make it difficult for political and bereaucratic corruption. The monumental effort to undo should be directed in this area for which the voters have mandated.

from:  R. Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:48 IST

The remedy should not be worse than the disease.The present Govt. need
to know the mandate given by people of Tamil Nadu.The Govt. may
conduct the inquiry/ investigation for the misuse of fund for the
construction of Anna Library by the previous Govt.

But this building should not be changed in to Hospital. It is an ill-
will feeling. It will tell you the image of Government. Pl do good
things to the people and arrange to bring Lokayutha for Tamil Nadu

from:  Suriyamoorthy
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 19:48 IST

Any Building will have its maximum utility and efficiency only when it is specially designed for the purpose for which it is meant.A building designed as a Library will be totally a mis-fit for usage as Hospital no matter how much money is dumped in to it for its conversion.Since the Government has taken a decision to create a super speciality Hospital for Children they might as well select an appropriate plot of land ,get design especially catering to the delegate and functional needs from Architects and build a new Hospital with out delay so that positive purpose will be served.

from:  Manoharan J
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 14:09 IST

See the amount of risk the ruling party is taking! Only couple of months back it was put in it's place by SC when it tried to change the common education in school.

from:  K Stephen Daniel
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 09:43 IST

Don't know why this government is doing these kind of silly (childish)things against people desire and gaining people frustration. These are not good for state development.

from:  arul
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 09:30 IST

The CM should take the advice of well informed and wise men . She should desist from the temptation of undoing anything and everything initiated by the previous govt..First she should cement the tonnes of goodwill showered on her by the voters.

S Mani

from:  S Mani
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 08:41 IST

It is a foolish decision to convert a library into a hospital, that too on egoistic political grounds.The infrastructure for a library and hospitl are totally different.That being the case, how can ADMK try to manipulate the structure, just because she wants to undo DMK's doing. Being elected by the public, can she give any valid reason as to why a library should be converted into a hospital ? This is nothing but a cheap gimmick played by Jayalalitha and at this rate she'll have none to support her.

from:  Dr.G.G.Rajan
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 08:15 IST

It is improper for courts to interfere in the administrative domain of the governemnt.

from:  Karikalan A.L.
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 07:54 IST

Its a shame that in our country to rescue all good happenings, court has to intervene. But in the first place, why the court had to intervene... its because of the mad or so called vengeance politics adopted by 'AMMA'. The present CM should concentrate more, doing things of her own rather than undoing whatever the previous CM has done.If she really wants a hospital why disturb a Library? Choose a place build it.. If that really is the intention... but that doesn't look so. Next what? convert all the flyovers build by the DMK Govt. into world class Parks? The people elected her to perform for them but looks like she is taking it as licence to deform all the works of the previous govt. These politicians are a disgrace for our country.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 07:19 IST

This move of the TN government is not well-thought out. The previous
Government may have conceived the library for publicizing its own creed
and brand of politics but the Library, without doubt, has turned out to
be educational and served the community well.The public reaction bears
this out. The CM would do well to drop the hare-brained idea and
instead improve the library to serve educational needs and if
necessary weed out propaganda material.But it should remain a library.
Veevip Sarathy

from:  Veevip Sarathy
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 03:55 IST
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