November 17, 2016
Chennai: The Madras High Court has again declined to grant relief to realtors, who sought relaxation of its September 8 order, banning registration of plots and buildings whose layouts have not been approved.
The court was hearing the impleading petitions of real estate owners seeking relaxation to the order restraining the registration authority from registering unapproved layouts throughout Tamil Nadu. As per earlier directions of the court, the petitioners and the government filed categorisation of the lands. Some petitioners even claimed that there are no wetlands in the state.
The matter relates to a PIL filed by an advocate earlier and another one, also by an advocate, which came up for further hearing on Wednesday. The bench was not satisfied with the categorisation list submitted by either side and directed them to file modified comprehensive categorisation of the land in two weeks. It then posted the matter to December 5.
On September 8, in response to a PIL, the High Court had banned registration of plots and houses whose layout had not been approved and the conversion of agricultural land for non-farming purposes in an unplanned manner in Tamil Nadu. Hearing a batch of 30 impleading petitions seeking relaxation, the court had said the question of modifying its earlier order or lifting it would be considered only after categorisation of land was done and a report submitted in court.