Plea to declare pieces of land in Tuticorin as archaeological sites

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Plea to declare pieces of land in Tuticorin as archaeological sites
TNN | Sep 3, 2020, 04:46 IST

Madurai: The Madras high court on Wednesday directed the authorities to consider a representation seeking to declare certain parcels of land situated in Kayathar taluk in Tuticorin district as archaeological sites, as ancient burial grounds are situated beneath the lands.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by S K Arumairaj, a resident of Tuticorin district.
The petitioner stated that in July, burial urns, historical monuments were unearthed from the Parakiramapandian Kulam/ Indrakulam, which is a water channel and from the lands situated along the Chittar riverbed at Rajapudukudi, Veppankulam and Therkku Mayilodai villages in the district. He stated that a few private individuals are attempting to put up solar power plants on the lands.

If the solar plants are put on those lands, it would affect the monuments beneath. Hence, the petitioner moved the high court Madurai bench seeking a direction to declare these lands as archaeological sites and to restrain the solar power plant which is to be put up at the area.
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However, the state government informed that the petition is being filed in order to stall the setting up of the solar power plant and hence sought to dismiss the petition.
Taking into account the submissions, a division bench of justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam disposed of the petition by directing the authorities to consider the representation submitted by the petitioner and pass appropriate orders in accordance with law within 10 weeks.tnn

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