The bench also noted that some water bodies had been encroached which has reduced the size of the lakes. (File Photo)
Chennai: Coming down heavily on encroachments on water bodies, the Madras High Court Tuesday sought a detailed report about number of lakes and reservoirs in the State besides steps taken for desilting. The court also impleaded the PWD Secretary in the case.
A division bench of Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad was hearing a PIL seeking removal of encroachments in the feeding/supply channel from Palar river
to Udayendram lake in Vellore.
After directing the registry to post the plea along with similar ones seeking removal of encroachments in water canals and bodies, the bench impleaded the PWD Secretary as
respondent to the present petition.
The bench also directed authorities concerned to furnish details of the steps taken for removal of encroachments and issuance of notice to residents and order passed thereof.
"We also direct that there should be continuous cleaning of channel."
The bench after hearing arguments in its order said "True that there is failure of monsoon for quite some time now.
We have seen rules framed by the government for rain water harvesting... steps to have been taken for desilting four tanks in Chennai and the availability of water for supply
to public in Chennai."
The bench however took note of the situation of the entire state and sought a detailed report about number of lakes and reservoirs in Tamil Nadu.
The bench also noted that some water bodies had been encroached which has reduced the size of the lakes.
"Encroachment is also said to be one of the causes of the reduction of storage capacity of lakes and water bodies.
Secretary PWD who is vested with the custody of preserving the lakes is also directed to submit a detailed report of the steps taken for removal of encroachment."
The court directed the PWD secretary to issue a circular to all the district collectors to submit details of the action taken for removal of encroachments in water bodies.
"Further he is also directed to submit report of desalination projects taken up by the government, study if any done for additional desalination plant," the bench said and
posted the case for further hearing to June 26.