ECR: Amicus curiae to HC Chennai, Jun 22 (PTI) The Madras High Court was today informed by an amicus curiae that unauthorised constructions were continuing close to the beach along a prime stretch of the East Coast Road on the city outskirts and the corporation and the CMDA were “turning a blind eye to rampant irregularities”. Also Read - Gabba Hero Washington Sundar Set For New Innings as Chennai's 'District Election Icon'
After going through the amicus curiae’s report, a bench of justices M Sathyanarayanan and G K Ilanthiraiyan directed the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) and the Chennai Corporation to submit a further status report after a joint inspection of the constructions. Also Read - Chennai Corporation Seals Kumaran Silks Shop After Video Shows Massive Crowd Violating COVID Norms
It also extended an earlier interim order deferring the city corporation’s notices for disconnecting electricity supply to constructions put up by 143 people, including actor-politician Kamal Hassan, allegedly in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) II norms along the ECR. Also Read - Madras High Court Upholds Teen's Right to Live With 35-year-old MLA Husband, Dismisses Father's Allegation of Abduction
Advocate T Mohan, appointed by the court as the amicus curiae, noted that the court had earlier directed the corporation and the CMDA to carry out a survey to identify unauthorised constructions in violation of CRZ norms.
If the exercise had been done, the existence of many unauthorised superstructures used for commercial and other purposes would have definitely come to the knowledge and notice of the two entities, he said in his report.
“Still very many unauthorised constructions are going on and the two agencies have turned a blind eye to the rampant irregularities,” he added.
Noticing large-scale unauthorised constructions in the prohibited areas of CRZ, the court had earlier directed the authorities of the corporation and the CMDA to conduct a joint inspection in the areas and to issue notices to the owners of structures found to be illegal.
Subsequently, the corporation served notices for 143 buildings along the beach area. The owners included several leading actors, including Haasan and Ramya Krishnan.
Today, the bench said a duty was cast upon the two agencies to initiate stern and proper action to prevent unauthorised developments with respect to the areas classified as CRZ-III and now CRZ-II.
As regards the batch of over 100 impleading petitions, the bench said in the event of the court finding that the superstructures falls under the CRZ area, they have to be demolished completely.
It posted the matter to July 27 for further hearing.
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