HC summons officials

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner and the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) officials to be present in the court on Tuesday to explain the availability of manpower and infrastructure facilities to crack down on unauthorised constructions in the city.

A Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and Krishnan Ramasamy passed the order after it was reported to them that manpower in the enforcement wing of the CMDA had not been increased at all though the territorial limits of the city had been expanded by annexing several municipalities in contiguous districts.

It was during the hearing of a case related to the unauthorised construction of a multi-storey building in Nungambakkam here that the judges were told that the CMDA as well as Corporation officials lacked the manpower required to check unauthorised constructions. The judges summoned the top officials to ascertain their response. Justice Kirubakaran said his Bench would also want to know the preparedness of the Corporation to tackle the monsoon.

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