HC notice to Madurai corpn on heritage city G.O.

Madras High Court
Madurai, June 7: The Madras High Court Thursday sought within a week's time the reply of the Madurai corporation commissioner on the issue of implementation of a government order providing for the demolition of highrises in the vicinity of Meenakshi temple.

The notice by a division bench comprising justices Paul Vasanthkumar and Devadoss came on a PIL filed by one ASM Kumar seeking action on a government order regarding heritage city status for Madurai.

The petitioner pointed to the presence of unauthorised structures around the temple which had allegedly come up in violation of a January 30, 1997, government order restricting the height of buildings around the temple to nine metres.

Although collector U Sagayam had said that a survey was launched to identify the illegal structures, and local police have sought clarifications on the highrises surrounding the temple, action is yet to be taken in the matter, Kumar added.

He sought an order from court directing the corporation to implement the rules calling for the demolition of the buildings violating heritage city norms.


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