HC refuses to stop land acquisition for Chennai-Salem highway

HC refuses to stop land acquisition for Chennai-Salem highway

The Madras High Court today refused to pass an interim order restraining the Tamil Nadu government from acquiring land for the greenfield Chennai-Salem expressway.

Hearing a petition filed by Krishnamoorthy, a landowner from Dharmapuri, Justice Kalyanasundaram refused to grant an interim stay on the land acquisition for the project.

The judge refused to entertain the plea and said that since the division bench has not granted any stay, he cannot pass an interim order.

He then directed the Dharmapuri revenue department and the Government of Tamil Nadu to file their response to the petition and ordered that the case be heard on July 12 along with other cases in the division bench.

On June 28, the Madras High Court issued notices to the Centre and the state government on a plea against the acquisition of land for the proposed Chennai-Salem expressway project.

And on Thursday, observing that the proposed Chennai-Salem greenfield corridor would benefit people, the Madras High Court yesterday dismissed a petition by the Tamil Maanila Congress seeking permission for holding a public meeting against the Rs 10,000 crore project on 8 July.

Justice T Raja dismissed the petition filed by a local TMC functionary seeking permission for the meeting in Salem, saying holding such meetings without fully knowing the ramifications and the vision of the government should be avoided.

The Judge said: “In my considered view, it would pave the way for many industries, factories and even multi-national companies to come and set up their establishments.”