The Corporation has retained its ownership of 2,400 acres of land in Panamarathupatti village that was encroached upon and held in possession by farmers and a few persons.

A release from the civic body said that in order to supply drinking water to the Corporation, Panamarathupatti Lake and surrounding areas of about 834.45 acres were given to the Corporation through a government order in November 29, 1920. Also, the water catchment areas and other areas totalling 2,400 acres belonged to the Corporation. A few acres belonging to the Forest Department were encroached upon and agricultural activities were carried out there in addition to construction of houses on this site.

The civic body, along with revenue and forest department officials, evicted the encroachers a few years ago. But a few persons filed a petition in the Madras High Court stating that they were the owners of the land. The court found no merit in the case and dismissed it and asked the petitioners to vacate the land. However, R. Manjamuthu filed a petition with the State Information Commission stating that forged documents related to survey maps were given to him and hence, he lost the case.

The commission verified the documents submitted by the petitioner with that of the government records and found the documents to be genuine. Hence, his petition was dismissed.

During her visit to the Corporation on Wednesday, State Information Commissioner V. Saroja handed over the copy of the judgment to Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan. Corporation officials said that the remaining encroachments would be cleared immediately.

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