Nine years on, court issues notice on Chennai steel market

July 14th, 2008 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  


Chennai, July 14 (IANS) Government decisions often remain only on files to be forgotten — but a 9-year-old unimplemented order has drawn notice of the high court here following a PIL. A division bench of the Madras High Court has Monday issued notice to the state home secretary and industry secretary seeking why the iron and steel market in the heart of the capital was not shifted to the neighbouring Tiruvallur district despite a 1999 government order.

The bench, comprising judges P.K. Mishra and M. Satyanarayanan, was reacting to a public interest litigation filed by ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy, a regular litigant on matters concerning public life in Chennai.

The iron and steel market, situated within a kilometre of Fort St. George - the seat of power here, is also barely 400 metres away from the former vegetable wholesale market which was shifted a few years ago to the north western suburbs.

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