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Rapped by HC, govt seeks report from CMDA

The State government has asked Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to submit a report within two weeks after it was rapped by the Madras High Court recently for the huge backlog of cases

Published: 24th March 2017 12:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2017 03:35 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

CHENNAI: The State government has asked Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to submit a report within two weeks after it was rapped by the Madras High Court recently for the huge backlog of cases pertaining to the agency pending in courts.
The Additional advocate-general informed the government that a large number of writ petitions that are pending before the High Court are against the city’s urban planning body and the revenue department.
The Madras High Court had also expressed dismay that  people have to approach the courts only because  government authorities are not addressing petitions filed before them.

As per a recent audit report, more than 2,000 cases pertaining to CMDA are pending in various courts, including the High Court. Most of the cases pertain to service matters, unauthorised constructions, land acquisitions, CMDA project-related cases and writ petitions.
Sources told Express that the Housing Secretary Dharmendra Pratap Yadav has asked CMDA to submit a report within two weeks regarding the pendency of cases in the Madras High Court relating to the agency. 

The member-secretary of CMDA has also asked chief planners and senior planners to act upon the representations filed before them. The CMDA officials have also been asked to furnish division-wise report pertaining to delay in disposal of pending representations.
The state government is already developing a Court Case Monitoring System (CCMS)to monitor cases pending against the department or officials concerned. The monitoring system is being created after it was found that 20,000 contempt cases are pending.



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