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HC likely to summon Chief Secretary over encroachments

Petitioners had claimed that encroachments along the banks of the canal resulted in clogging and affected the stormwater drain.- File photo

Petitioners had claimed that encroachments along the banks of the canal resulted in clogging and affected the stormwater drain.- File photo  

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WRD, TNSCB submitted contradictory versions during PIL plea hearing

Exercised over the lack of coordination among various government departments over their stand on removing encroachments on the banks of Buckingham Canal in Chennai, the Madras High Court said it would be forced to direct the appearance of the Chief Secretary if the Housing Secretary did not give a proper reply in the matter.

During the hearing of a PIL plea filed by Kasturba Nagar and Indira Nagar Residents Welfare Forum in Adyar, the First Bench comprising Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam directed the Secretary of Housing Department to appear in person on October 6 . If he is not able to give an acceptable reply, the Bench said it would have to summon the Chief Secretary.

Claiming that encroachments along the banks of the canal near Kasturba Nagar resulted in the clogging and affected the stormwater drain, the petitioners sought a direction to remove the encroachments . Their representations to authorities did not yield results and hence the plea.

During the hearing of the case, the Water Resources Department and the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) submitted contradictory versions on the status of the slums in the area.

Observing that the authorities in the departments were not able to solve the issue, the Bench directed the Chief Secretary to appear in the court.

As the government informed that the matter was pending before the Housing Secretary, the Bench directed his appearance and further observed that if a proper reply was not given by him, it would summon the Chief Secretary.



Court to summon Chief Secretary if Housing Secretary's reply is not proper



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