The Madras High Court on Friday directed the TANGEDCO to proceed with the work of drawing high power transmission lines from Mettur through the original route, and complete it as fast as possible.

The First Bench comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam dismissed appeals challenging a common order of a single judge on writ petitions relating to the route for laying of the transmission line.

The corporation had proposed to draw a new 400 KV double circuit line from the newly constructed 600 MW capacity at the Mettur Thermal Power Station Stage-III to Arasur to evacuate power. The scheme was approved in October 2009.

The entire route length was 110 km.

Work commenced in January 2010 and was scheduled to be completed by October last year.

Work had been completed except for nine towers proposed at Nambiyampalayam and Sundakkampalayam near Avinashi.

Seven land owners filed writ petitions against the route.

The Tirupur District Collector asked its officials to study the feasibility of an alternative route.

The corporation said that considering technical aspects, the original route approved by it was more feasible as it was to be taken along a panchayat road.

Following a meeting between land owners and the corporation officials, it was agreed in principle that the original route would be followed.

After a new District Collector assumed office, meetings were held and it was decided to proceed on an alternative route. Objecting to this, land owners moved court.

A single judge held that the Collector’s order was not only without jurisdiction, but also arbitrary.

An appeal was made against it. Mr. Justice Eqbal said the Collector had not assigned any reason for the need to deviate from the original route.

It would offend Article 14 of Constitution.

By sticking to the original route, it would pass through the lands of very few land owners and the work could be completed within the shortest possible time.

Tirupur District Collector’s action amounts to offending Article 14 of Constitution