TAMIL NADU

“Remove encroachment for direct link to radial road”

Missing link: A fast access to the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road eludes residents of Tiruttani Nagar and several other localities in Pallavaram Municipality as a structure stands in the way.

Missing link: A fast access to the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road eludes residents of Tiruttani Nagar and several other localities in Pallavaram Municipality as a structure stands in the way.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: A. Muralitharan

K.Manikandan

Residents of Tiruttani Nagar and a dozen other localities around it have to take a 2-km detour

TAMBARAM: Residents of Tiruttani Nagar and nearly a dozen other localities around it in Pallavaram Municipality have been appealing to the local body administration and other departments of the State government to evict an encroachment on a link road connecting the Pallavaram – Thoraipakkam Radial Road with their localities.

While residents charged that the hut put up by a few individuals was an encroachment with officials of the Town Planning section of the local body too agreeing to it, one of the three men claiming ownership of the piece of land said that they had purchased the plot after following all the procedures.

The residents said a 40-feet wide link road connected the Radial Road with areas such as Bhavani Nagar, Tiruchendur Nagar, A.R.G. Nagar, Pallava Garden, Kumaran Colony, Gordon Woodroffe Nagar and Tiruttani Nagar in addition to some more localities. In October, residents were shocked to see a thatched hut at the junction of the link road and Radial Road, completely preventing any movement of people or vehicles. The thatched hut had come up near a minor bridge over a natural drain running parallel to Radial Road. The land on which the structure had come up was classified as ‘odai poramboke’ (unassessed waste land on a water course). Sketches available with the Town Planning section of Pallavaram Municipality and Revenue authorities at Tambaram Taluk office clearly indicated this fact. The residents who have formed welfare associations covering more than a dozen localities said several hundred residents were put to hardship due to the location of the encroachment and they were all forced to take a detour of nearly two km. They had brought this issue to the attention of Pallavaram Municipal authorities at the first instance of the encroachment, but there had been no action.

D.Desigamani, one of the three men who claim ownership of the land measuring 15 cents (about three grounds), said they had purchased the plot after following the laid down norms, adding they had not yet decided on what they planned to build there. They refuted allegations that they had encroached on public property. However, both Jayakantha Damodaran, Pallavaram Municipal Councillor from Ward No. 17 and Town Planning Officers said it was an illegal structure. Records clearly establish that the thatched hut was an encroachment on ‘odai poramboke’ and that the municipality had written to Revenue officials, asking them to take steps to evict the illegal structure.

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