Concerned over the recent communication from the Archaeological Survey of India through the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority to rural and urban local bodies all over Tamil Nadu, including many in the southern suburbs of Chennai, a group of residents of Sembakkam met on Sunday last seeking cancellation of the ASI's communication.
The note to the local bodies pertained to Ancient Monements and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendments and Validation) Act, 2010 which spoke of certain regulations around sites classified as “megalithic cairns and cists showing clear structural postres” identified by ASI. It included restrictions on construction within 100 metres from the site and regulations on land between 100 and 300 metres from the site.
The residents included those from Samraj Nagar, VGP Pon Nagar, Tarakeswari Nagar and Jayendra Nagar. The residents unanimously passed a resolution seeking a cancellation of the gazette notification of ASI and also appealed to the State Government to step in and allay the fears of residents. They would be submitting the resolution copies to Sembakkam Town Panchayat and other elected representatives and Government agencies. They have also proposed to hold a meeting on November 28 at the premises of Sembakkam Town Panchayat.