Madras HC seeks report on city road encroachments

According to the petitioner, the Paper Mills Road originally had a width of about 100 feet.

Published: 20th June 2019 06:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2019 06:14 AM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court

Madras High Court (Photo | D Sampath Kumar, EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: THE Madras High Court once again directed the tahsildars of Perambur and Ayanavaram to survey the Paper Mills Road and to determine encroachments on either side of the road margin and submit a report.

The bench of Justices T S Sivagnanam and V Bhavani Subbaroyan gave the direction while passing further interim orders on the contempt application arising out of a PIL petition from L D William Moses of Sembium-Thiru-vi-ka Nagar, on June 14.

The date of inspection shall be fixed by the Corporation of Chennai, in consultation with the petitioner, his counsel T S Rajmohan, the Revenue officials and other stakeholders and it should be a joint effort of all the stakeholders to place the truth before this court. Chennai Collector shall also participate in the discussions, the bench added.

According to the petitioner, the Paper Mills Road originally had a width of about 100 feet. About 10 schools, various religious places and commercial organisations were situated on the road. Over the years, the road was reduced to 40 feet width due to encroachments, severely affecting the flow of vehicles, he contended.

When the PIL came up before the bench on April 26 last, it had directed the authorities concerned to make the joint inspection. In this connection, a meeting was convened on June 6 last. But the petitioner could participate, as it was informed belatedly.

Width reduced from 100 ft to 60 ft

The petitioner, L D William Moses, said in the petition that the  Paper Mills Road originally had a width of about 100 feet. However, over the years, the road was reduced to 40 feet width due to rampant encroachments, severely affecting the flow of vehicles and  pedestrians



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