Plea to reject bill seeking amnesty to 'illegal' builders

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Chennai, Oct 18 (UNI) Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group (CAG) today appealed to Tamil Nadu Legislators to cut across party lines and affiliations to reject the bill, tabled in the current session, seeking one year amnesty to owners and builders of illegal multi-storied commercial buildings in the city.

A CAG release here pointed out that Madras High Court had struck down several regularisation schemes issued by the state government and directed it to initiate action against multi-storied and special buildings being used for commercial purposes in Chennai.

The state government moved to the Supreme Court several times against this order, but all the appeals were rejected at the admission stage itself.

In the release CAG director Bharath Jairaj said ''instead of finally getting around the implementation of the High Court order, the government is again trying to protect the big builders and owners of illegal commercial complexes, who have repeatedly violated the law.'' The Bill to replace Ordinance one of 2007 on July 27 this year which was challenged by the CAG before the Madras High Court, had been posted to October 22 for final hearing, the release pointed out and added that there was 'no urgency' in placing the bill before the Assembly at this stage.

It appealed to the Legislators to oppose and reject the bill and thus uphold the rights of citizens and the safety and well being of the city.


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