HC order on Chennai-Salem highway will be implemented: CM

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that the government will implement the Madras High Court’s order quashing the land acquisition proceedings for the Chennai-Salem express way.

The Madras High Court on Monday cancelled the land acquisition announcements for the controversial eight-lane expressway between Chennai-Salem.

The state government issued a notification last May and began acquiring lands for the project evoking strong protests by farmers and others.

Many petitions were filed and PMK also filed one. Incidentally, PMK is a part of the AIADMK- led alliance now. The high court has quashed the order of Tamil Nadu government on land acquisition and stayed the process and also ordered that all the land that was acquired earlier should be returned within eight weeks with the necessary documents.

The state government, has however said that it will appeal against the verdict.

Meanwhile, the DMK took a jibe at the AIADMK-led alliance and asked if the PMK will walk out of the alliance if the Tamil Nadu government moves higher court challenging the verdict.

According to the court, environmental clearance was necessary for the 277.3 km road project and the report submitted by the consultant was not satisfactory.

The proposed expressway will pass through the districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Salem.