PIL petition blames authorities for failing to implement disaster management guidelines

The Madras High Court on Wednesday hoped that at least electricity supply will be restored in cyclone Thane-ravaged Cuddalore, as expeditiously as possible.

In a public interest litigation petition, M. Vetri Selvan, an advocate here, sought a direction to the Union and Tamil Nadu governments to implement the National Disaster Management Guidelines on management of cyclone resistant design standards, construction of cyclone shelters and building of all weather road links to coastal habitations in all cyclone-prone districts in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry within a reasonable time. The petitioner said that since December 25, 2011, there had been continuous warnings of a cyclonic storm ‘Thane' by the Meteorological Department. But the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry governments did not act as per the guidelines.

The First Bench comprising Chief Justice M.Y.Eqbal and Justice T.S.Sivagnanam directed the petitioner's counsel, M.Radhakrishnan, to serve notice on counsel for the Centre. During arguments, the court was informed that in Cuddalore district, electricity supply had not yet been restored. The Advocate-General, A.Navaneethakrishnan, said all steps were being taken to restore power supply.