Madras High Court upholds IT corridor project

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 CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has upheld the land acquisition by Tamil Nadu State Highways Department for the Information Technology corridor project on the Old Mahabalipuram Road, on the outskirts of Chennai city.


Justice A Kulasegaran, who heard the case, dismissed the petition filed by six people, challenging the acquisition of their land by the State Highway department.

In his petition Kumar, one of the petitioners, submitted that the State highways department, in an attempt to favor a particular building had changed the IT corridor plan by bending the alignment of the road to the east. He claimed that the changed plan had seriously affected him, as the columns supporting his building would have to be demolished to accommodate the corridor.

Additional Advocate General, P S Raman, submitted that the building was constructed as per the approved plan issued by the CMDA on May 27, 2003.

Hearing both sides, Justice Kulasegaran ruled that the acquisition would be valid if it was done for public purpose, even if it was not for the type of use permitted by the master plan at the time of acquisition and that the Government at any time by notification vary or revoke a master plan as it was not a permanent one.

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