13 Col­lec­tors ap­pear be­fore High Court

Told to act to safe­guard wa­ter bod­ies

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

As many as 13 Col­lec­tors ap­peared be­fore the Madras High Court to be briefed about the need for them to act firmly and sternly against en­croach­ment of wa­ter bod­ies by “un­scrupu­lous el­e­ments” and en­sure that all kinds of wa­ter sources within their re­spec­tive ter­ri­to­rial ju­ris­dic­tion were kept free from en­croach­ments.

Jus­tices Hu­lu­vadi G. Ramesh and RMT. Teekaa Ra­man gave the piece of ad­vice to the Col­lec­tors of Karur, Na­ga­p­at­ti­nam, Na­makkal, Kan­niyaku­mari, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Villupu­ram, Dharma­puri, Per­am­balur, Nil­giris, Tiru­varur and Pudukot­tai since they had failed to file re­ports on steps taken to pre­serve wa­ter bod­ies in their dis­tricts.

Af­ter sum­mon­ing the of­fi­cials to the court, the judges said that they had been called only to be sen­si­tised about the need to act fast on the is­sue of pro­tec­tion of wa­ter bod­ies. Re­fer­ring to an in­terim or­der passed re­cently by them, the judges asked the Col­lec­tors to ad­here to the di­rec­tions is­sued in that or­der.

Mr. Jus­tice Ra­man said that in­struc­tions could be is­sued to all Sub-Regis­trars in the State to ver­ify the na­ture of prop­er­ties be­fore reg­is­ter­ing the sale deeds and de­sist from reg­is­ter­ing lands that had been clas­si­fied as wa­ter bod­ies.

The court wants sub­reg­is­trars to check whether the prop­er­ties form part of a wa­ter body.

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