Encroachments on three streets removed

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OPERATION EVICTION: The Chennai Corporation removing encroachments on Ranganathan Street.
OPERATION EVICTION: The Chennai Corporation removing encroachments on Ranganathan Street.

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation on Thursday removed encroachments on Ranganathan Street, Natesan Street and Madley Road in T.Nagar.

The civic body removed protruding sign boards, awnings, display boards, extended platforms and concrete steps that encroached upon the road space on the streets.

Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni told The Hindu that as the civic body received an order from the Madras High Court by 4 p.m., the Corporation stopped the removal of such structures. “This was the second part of the drive. The civil structures were removed earlier following a High Court directive,” he said. The civic body had removed around 70 per cent of the boards till the time they received the court order.

The First Bench of the Madras High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice V. Dhanapalan on Thursday said till a two-member committee, consisting of an official from the Chennai Corporation and the CMDA, made an inspection and submitted its report, the Corporation should not demolish encroachments.

On February 3, the Bench, while passing orders on a petition by K.R.Ramaswamy, said the committee would make a spot inspection with regard to removal of encroachments and submit a report by March 2.

Owners of five shops on Ranganathan Street moved a petition seeking to implead themselves in the writ petition filed by Mr.Ramaswamy.

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