But the encroachments were allowed to remain, he added.
Police are expressing helplessness, colluding with encroachers, he alleged.Recording his submissions, the bench said: “The application has been filed to reopen the contempt petition filed for wilful disobedience of court orders passed on December 7, 2012.
According to the petitioner under the guise of removing the encroachments the Chennai corporation has removed the pavements on either side of the road.”The status report relied by the counsel for the corporation filed in February 2013 did not explicitly state that the encroachments have been removed.
William also produced photographs taken in 2015 to substantiate his claim.He further submitted that road-users have been put to great hardship and agony owing to wilful and deliberate conduct of the authorities, and added that road accidents had increased manifold .
Photos produces by the petitioner which were taken in 2015 show that the entire area is highly congested and there are encroachments into the road, the bench added.“Thus, to have a clear picture we direct the regional deputy commissioner of zone 6 under whose jurisdiction the area falls to appear before the court with relevant documents and photos to enable the court to decide whether to reopen the contempt or not,” the court ordered.
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