Arch will not hinder free movement of vehicles: TN

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 08, 2012 09:23 hrs

Chennai: Tamil Nadu government today submitted before the Madras High Court that its plan to construct an arch to commemorate the diamond jubilee celebrations of the state Legislative Assembly will not pose any hindrance to the movement of vehicles on a busy road where the Chennai District Collectorate is located.

A counter affivadit filed by the Deputy Secretary of state Public Works Department also said petitioner's contention that Rajaji 'Salai' (road) was maintained by the state Highways Department was incorrect.

He said the road is being maintained by the Chennai Corporation, which in its council meeting on October 29 this year, gave its permission for the construction of the arch.

Petitioner M S Arasa Kumar prayed for the court's direction to authorities to forbear them from erecting any arch on Rajaji Salai and Kamarajar Salai here, including the erection of 'Tamil Nadu Assembly's Diamond Jubilee Memorial Arch.'

Kumar contended that the move was in violation of the Tamil Nadu Highways Act and said the road was used by all VVIPs, including High Court Judges, and top bureaucrats and the construction of the arch would affect flow of the public.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices R Banumathi and K K Sasidharan, posted the matter for December 12.

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