CMDA gave nod to police station coming up on Chennai water body, reveals RTI reply

A reply to the RTI applications filed by the NGO has found that a portion of the lake bed had been reclassified by the CMDA in March to facilitate the construction.

Published: 13th July 2019 06:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2019 06:55 PM   |  A+A-

The police station that is being built on a water body in Shollinganallur. (Photo | EPS)

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Calling the police station being built on a water body in Sholinganallur a gross violation and an encroachment, NGO Arappor Iyakkam had written to the CMDA asking them to stop construction and demolish the existing structure.

The New Indian Express reported in April that work for constructing a police station on the Thamaraikeni lake bed had started amid repeated protests by residents. In 2017, the Environmentalist Foundation of India had restored the 60-hectare lake giving it a complete makeover because of which it was brimming with water. Now, construction debris and garbage has once again found its way into the lake thanks to the upcoming police station.

A reply to the RTI applications filed by the NGO revealed that a portion of the lake bed had been reclassified by the CMDA in March to facilitate this construction. But a revenue officer said that the land had been allotted to the police station long ago.

Extracts from the reclassification register maintained by the CMDA showed that 0.24 hectares of land was changed from the category of water body to institutional use. According to documents, the inspector of police, Semmenchery, through Chennai Corporation had requested the CMDA in 2017 to reclassify this piece of land on which the police station is being built.

According to an order by the division bench of Madras High Court in 2015, authorities in power cannot destroy water bodies for the benefit of mankind and it is beyond their power to reclassify it. "Both the CMDA and police department have failed in their responsibility to the general public. Even during a severe water crisis, instead of protecting water bodies, government agencies are destroying it," said Jayaram Venkatesan of Arappor Iyakkam.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp