HC direction against re-classification of wet lands

Chennai: The Madras High Court has directed Revenue Authorities of Madhuranthakam Taluk in Kancheepuram district to ensure that there are no re-classification of wet lands.

The First Bench Comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana gave the direction dismissing a PIL filed by one E Thirugnana Selvam, an ex-ward member.

In his petition he submited that the surface of Madhurantakam lake is approximately 2500 acres and it is being used for the purposes of drinking and for agricultural purpose of nearby villagers.

The lake water passing through five sluices to 2583 acres of agricultural land and also to nearby 40 sub lakes for irrigation, drinking water and fishing needs the petitioner contended.

He submitted the Tahsildar, Madhuranthakam taluk, is issuing patta to the residential plots near the lake area and the Municipal Commissioner of the Municipality also sanctioning building construction in and around the lack sluice areas.

He further alleged such indiscriminate sanction has affected more than 100 acres of agricultural lands.

Stating that further conversion should not be allowed the petitioner said that he had already made several representation to the authorities.

Government Pleader STS Moorthy submitted that no such conversion or issuing of patta have been issued in the lake area and the wet lands.

The bench which recorded the submission in its order said “we may however add that the Tahsildar, Madhuranthakam may also look into the issue whether without issuing of any patta and in violation of the norms any construction is being made and ensure that there is no-reclassification of the land.