The Madras High Court ordered the disconnection of water supply to all unauthorized buildings in the State. This decision is taken by the High Court for violating building rules. The court also said that this cut-off will be helpful to provide adequate water supply to the law-abiding citizens as Chennai is expected to face serious water scarcity this year.
A division bench of Justice M Venugopal and Justice S Vaidyanathan observed this while considering the plea made by N Ravikumar who urged granting of the patta – a portion of land that he encroached. He filed this plea with Thiruvallur district administration.
The High court also said that the authorities should take immediate actions against moving down the illegal constructions and encroachments. The Madras High Court said that the Court thinks that the authority, officials of corporation/ government/ municipality, should take a decision on all similar pending issues before them that too on a daily basis without adjourning the same for more than 15 days.
The Court also said that the officials cannot close the complaints or pleas until the high Court put stay on the proceedings. The Madras HC further said that plea can also not be closed on the basis of pendency of writ petition or writ appeal.
The bench of two judges was quoted saying, the official, authority will be held for abandoning of duty if they do so and the officials will be removed and transferred to a no sensitive post. This action can also be taken if court receives any complaint of unsatisfactory discharge of duties from the officials.