Madurai: The Madras High Court has backed the government’s policy of not removing encroachments till alternate sites are given to the encroachers, saying such a decision amounts to encouraging encroachment.
The court made this observation while hearing recently Public interest litigation Filed before it by Peter Swami Dhas madurai Bench in 2021. The petitioner sought directions to the authorities to remove the encroachment parakai channel two Suchindram Kulam in Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.
The State submitted that action has been taken to remove the encroachment in the water body. It said that 388 encroachments have been removed and the remaining 131 will be removed after providing alternative sites to the people living there.
Bench of Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari And Justice S Ananti (after retirement) expressed surprise at the half-hearted action, regardless of the court’s direction.
Stating that such an attitude is not acceptable, the judges observed that unless the encroachers are given alternative sites, they do not support the government’s policy of allowing them to encroach.
The judges directed the officials to legally remove the remaining 131 encroachments within four months. He said Tamil Nadu is full of encroachments due to official inaction or other reasons.