Stressing on the need to evolve a cap on converting agriculture lands into plots, the Madras High Court on Tuesday criticised the State government for its utter lack of intent in protecting the waterbodies in the State.
“But for political reasons you will not do it and adopt defective procedures in removing them, enabling the encroachers to make a challenge,” the bench added while directing the Tambaram tahsildar to file a status report on the present status of encroachment in the lake despite an order being issued in this regard on September 18, 2019.
Arappor Iyakkam had moved the public interest litigation seeking to protect the Chitlapakkam lake, spread over 119 acres, by forming an earth bund around the lake along with a pathway by removing the encroachments. It had also sought to restrain the officials from converting the lake and its adjoining areas into a park, landfill or garbage dump and subsequently connect the lake with the lakes at Selaiyur and Sembakkam.
During the hearing, the counsel appearing for Arappor Iyakkam alleged the Tambaram and Pallavaram Municipalities of letting sewage into the lake.