Tamil Nadu, June 30: Tamil Nadu government was today directed by High Court to take measures to in accordance of government lands by using the technology of GPS mapping. It has also given a caution that bit might intervene in the matter if there arises a need to safeguard if warranted. The first Bench directed to file an affidavit within two weeks for this purpose regarding this matter.
A PIL was filed earlier by V B R Menon, a lawyer, who stated that the state should be instructed to start a permanent special task force that will remove encroachments while saving the government lands. Based on this the High Court ordered the state for the GPS mapping system.
The petitioner wished that a Permanent Special Task Force to work on periodical inspections and remove encroachments from all vacant government lands in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts with the help of special powers. He also asked court to direct the authorities to take appropriate action to ensure proper utilisation of such properties. He further suggested the GPS mapping solution.
The bench on the matter replied,”The market cost of GPS ranges from Rs 10 lakh to whatever be the price at which ELCOT will procure. We are thus talking in terms of a budget of Rs three to four crore,that also fully centralised funds to obtain GPS and to ensure that the correct picture is with the state government. We do believe that this aspect can brook no further delay."
The further hearing would be till July 26 the HC said. It has also asked the state to check upon the issue of centralised task force and its operation.