Act fast on encroachments says Madras High Court

Taking seriously the issues related to the encroachments on the water bodies and along it, the Madras High court today directed the Tamilnadu government to take immediate action regarding the same. The torrential rainfall during the first week of December flooded the city never like before. The reason behind without any doubt was the encroachments.

To avoid this kind of situation in the future the Madras High court said that encroachments and also the prevention of dumping of garbage and solid waste should be considered as matters of concern. The concerned authorities are asked to ensure that no more encroachments or dumping of garbage and solid waste will be permitted in the water bodies.

The first bench consisting of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana has made the government file a counter within four weeks which should detail steps taken to desilt the three waterways and to add valid ideas to effectively drain the flood water into the sea, forming an expert committee.

Flood and rain in Chennai

The bench through a PIL by city based NGO “Manuneedhi Consumer and Environmental protection Centre” gave directions to preserve and protect water canals. The petitioner also recommended that entire length and breadth of Cooum, Adayar and Bunkingham Canal must be determined and that the boundaries should be barricaded.

The petitioner also mentioned about the reports submitted in the year 1943 and 1976, in which suggestions for prevention of floods were given and none was implemented effectively.

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