Madras HC refused to issue pattas for houses
Chennai: The Madras High Court today refused to give orders to issue pattas to several hundred houses encroached and constructed on Korattur lake.
T K Shanumugam, north Chennai district committee secretary of the CPM, wanted patta and regularisation of encroachments on Korattur lake and survey numbers in Menambedu village in Ambattur taluk, and said there were 3,400 families occupying the land for more than 25 years.
About 900 families have been issued eviction orders, he said, adding that as per the 30 December 2006 GO of Tamilnadu, government authorities could issue patta in case the water bodies had fallen into disuse.
Korattur Lake is used for neither drinking water purpose nor cultivation around the lake, he said, adding that the GO had been upheld by a division bench of the Madras High Court.
The lands have been classified as natham, Shanmugam said, and the residents had been issued electricity connection, ration cards and other identities, and most of them possess registered sale deed as proof of having purchased the land.
Public Works Department (PWD) was issuing eviction notices following an order of the Madras High Court on 4 October 2007, he contended. However, when the petition came up for hearing before Chief Justice Sanjay Kishen Kaul, he refused to issue orders in this regard.