The Madras High Court has directed the State government to expedite the ongoing survey of all categories of government lands in Dharmapuri, Nilgiris, Kanniyakumari and Coimbatore districts, find out the encroachments, update the data on government website and then take steps to evict the encroachers.
A Division Bench of Justices M. Venugopal and S. Vaidyanathan called for a status report on the issue by March 18 after Assistant Solicitor General G. Karthikeyan informed the court that the Centre had already sanctioned ₹11 crore for carrying out the survey.
The submission was made during the hearing of a public interest litigation petition filed by advocate V.B.R. Menon seeking a direction to the government authorities to conduct an exhaustive survey of government lands in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur district so that the revenue records could be updated.
Stating that such surveys should be conducted at least once in 30 years, the petitioner claimed that the present revenue records available in the two districts were more than 100 years old.