The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered status quo till July 24 on a matter relating to the construction of an electrical sub-station at Manakkudi village in Nagapattinam district.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices R. Banumathi and T.S. Sivagnanam passed the interim order on a public interest litigation petition. The petitioner, Rajagopal of Manakkudi submitted that his village was on the banks of the Cauvery having wetlands. It had a rich green cover and paddy was the main crop.

Paddy drying yard

He said the paddy drying yard, which had been constructed with public money, was an important place in the village without which harvest was not possible.

Also, there was a pond and its water was used for agriculture. Electricity authorities had now decided to demolish the drying yard and erect a sub-station there.

Farmers opposed the selection of the site for the sub-station and told the authorities that alternative places were available for the facility.

The petitioner prayed the court to restrain the authorities from demolishing the yard and direct them to put up the sub-station at an alternative place.