HC restrains centre, TN from dispossessing land owners

By Accommodation Times News Service


On August 21, 2018, an interim order on a batch of petitions opposing the Rs 10,000-crore for the proposed eight-lane greenfield highway project between Salem and Chennai has been passed by a division bench of the Madras High Court, comprising justices V Bhavani Subbaroyan and TS Sivagnanam.

The bench went through various pamphlets issued by authority supporting the project, noted that while there were different benefits of the highway being mentioned, whereas there was ‘absolutely no whisper about’ any assurance that will be given to landowners that they will not be forcibly dispossessed of their lands, an agency said.

The court said that they will consider it appropriate that they clarify the aspect, which has been placed before them by the learned advocate general so that it will allay all the fears of the landowners and the challenge to the land acquisition Proceedings.

The court also said that after taking into account the fact, and the sensitivity of the matter this was being done. Further hearing has been posted on September 11, 2018.

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