Madras HC issues notice on illegal Muttukadu buildings


Names of several high-profile personalities, including film stars, are likely to be exposed as the Madras High Court on Friday asked the State government to submit details of land owners who have encroached and built palatial bungalows on the ecologically-sensitive Muttukadu seashore.

Express has carried a series of articles on illegal constructions and problem of sea erosion at Muttukadu.
The High Court had taken cognisance of an article in the edition dated May 30, about an unauthorised sea wall being built by encroachers. On Thursday, the court admitted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an aggrieved local fisherman and issued notices to Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority (TNCZMA), Kancheepuram Collector, Directorate of Town and Country Planning and Mamallapuram Town and Country Planning Authority.

The bench, after looking at the photographic evidence submitted by the petitioner Murugan, directed the authorities to submit details of the encroachers and action taken.   

The petition says illegal constructions that have been put up on suvey no. 114, Muttukadu village, on the narrow strip of land between Bay of Bengal and the backwaters, have aggravated sea erosion that eats into the boat parking area of adjoining Karikattukuppam fishing hamlet.

Muttukadu is ecologically very dynamic due to presence of brackish water lagoon, that is maintained by Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), which runs an experimental station in the area. The area where the bungalows are constructed falls in survey number 114 and spread across 32 acres....Read more

 

Source web page: New indian express


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