Ponneri revenue officials on Saturday retrieved land worth Rs 15 crore, belonging to Tamil Nadu Industries Development Corporation (Tidco) in Minjur, from encroachers who had been running prawn farms.
After residents of the village petitioned the Tiruvallur Collector and Ponneri revenue officials about the encroachment, Revenue inspector Devan and village administrative officer Sampath surveyed the land and submitted a report, confirming the illegal occupation of the government land with proper electricity connections.
Ponneri Revenue Divisional Officer Nandakumar, Tahsildar Pugazhendhi and other officials visited the village on Saturday and razed the prawn farms with the help of an earthmover and retrieved about 35 acres of the land. Power supply to the farms were also stopped by the Tangedco officials and police personnel had been deployed to prevent any untoward development. Tension prevailed in the village due to the government officials’ action.
The Tahsildar submitted a report about the land retrieval to Tiruvallur Collector on Saturday.