Special Correspondent

Plea against mall on Ethiraj Road

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the Member-Secretary of the CMDA to be present in the court on Friday morning in connection with a writ petition seeking a direction to the authorities not to grant approval to the plan submitted, or to be submitted, by a developer for constructing a mall on Ethiraj Salai at Egmore.

The First Bench of Chief Justice A.K. Ganguly and Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla said that in the meantime, the Member-Secretary should depute a competent officer of the CMDA to visit the construction site and report what was going on there. The Bench also ordered that all activities stop at the site.

Rajiv Rai, of Ethiraj Lane, Egmore, submitted that there were nine establishments, including a college for women, a post office, two hotels and a commercial complex. And a new hotel is coming up.

Ethiraj Lane was known for traffic snarls. Though it is located in one of the strategic localities in the city, there is no supply from Metrowater for the past 15 years, and the residents are buying water from private parties.

The construction of a multi-storey mall and office complex by DLF Properties, measuring six lakh square feet, would cause the residents a huge problem and choke the 60-foot-wide road.

Allowing such a building to be constructed would not be in the interest of the public, he said.