Chennai, June 30 (PTI): The Madras High Court on Wednesday arrested the Southern Railway for the construction of a metro in a body of water in the Nagapattinam district.
“Even if you install a Taj Mahal, we will order it to be razed,” Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Judge Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said.
The House heard a PIL petition from ST Arumugam challenging the railway’s action.
There have been allegations against the railway and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that they have little respect for water bodies and have built new constructions, the bench said.
He ordered Southern Railway and the government of Tamil Nadu to drop their meters within three weeks with instructions for the state to indicate the nature of the land that had been chosen for the metro and the possibility of restoring the plan to ‘water.
The Chamber observed that the authorities should avoid construction in water bodies. If this is unavoidable, pillars or the like should be erected so that most of the water body is not disturbed and its nature is not irreversibly changed, the bench added.
Many water bodies in the state, especially in urban areas, have disappeared.
The floods in Chennai in 2015 occurred because of construction on the waterways, the Banc said.
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