High Court approves revised master plan for Kodaikanal

The State on Monday informed the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court that a revised master plan for Kodaikanal had been approved. The approved master plan was submitted to the court.

The court was informed that 237 establishments had been closed as on date in Kodaikanal, all of which were found to be in violation of building rules. Further, 150 establishments were identified and action would be initiated against them. The court was also informed that the municipality officials were receiving threats over the crackdown on building rule violations.

Hearing the plea, a Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and G. R. Swaminathan directed the police to offer necessary security to the municipal officials during the crackdown. The court said that the establishments that were locked and sealed for building rule violation would remain closed until further orders from the court.

Further, the court directed the authorities concerned to extend relief to those establishments that were granted exemptions. The establishments that were locked prior to the exemption order will now be de-sealed, if they fell under the exempted category.

As an interim relief, the court had exempted educational institutions, residential buildings, government buildings, hospitals, banks, small shops like bakeries, grocery stores, small eateries and saloons from the lock and seal procedure.

A similar relief was, however, refused to lodges, cottages, hotels and resorts built in violation of the building plan. Even religious establishments were asked not to be spared. The court has sought a further action taken report in the case, which was adjourned to March 29.

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