Work to connect three stretches of the 110-km Tiruchirappalli-Karaikudi section of the National Highway has started again with the Madras High Court granting interim injunction for two weeks restraining the State PWD authorities from interfering with the execution of the work.

Justice K. Venkataraman passed the interim order on writ petitions by the National Highways Authority of India, represented by the Project Director, Karaikudi.

The Public Works authorities said that No Objection Certificate should be obtained for laying road on tanks. In some cases, the certificates had been revoked.

Senior counsel P. Wilson said that once the lands, including the areas passing through tanks, had been acquired, the State Government had no role to object to the laying of the road over the tanks.

Mr. Justice Venkataraman said as regards the point raised by the petitioner, there had to be a reply by the State Government authorities. Since there was no representation on their behalf objecting the grant of interim injunction, except stating that the Advocate-General had to appear in this matter, the Judge said he was not inclined to show any more indulgence.

There existed a prima facie case in favour of the petitioner. Hence, there would be an interim injunction. The court posted the matter for filing of counter, if any, after two weeks.