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Two special sub-courts inaugurated

Staff Reporter

For disposal of cases on land acquisition at Jayankondam

— Photo: M. Moorthy

TIMELY JUSTICE: Judge V. Dhanapalan inaugurating the special sub-Courts at Jayamkondam in Ariyalur on Saturday. To his left is Union Minister for Communications and Information Technolgy A. Raja.

ARIYALUR: All initiatives have been taken to ensure expeditious disposal of cases relating to dispute over compensation for lands acquired for the Jayankondam Lignite Power Project (JLPP), Madras High Court Judge V. Dhanapalan said on Saturday.

Inaugurating two special sub-courts, exclusively set up for resolving the dispute, at Jayankondam, Mr. Justice Dhanapalan said the sub-courts would dispose of about 7,000 cases pending before the sub-court at Ariyalur. The Madras High Court also planned to set up a Lok Adalat, headed by a retired judge, at Jayankondam for speedy disposal of cases.

Describing the JLPP as a national development project in the power sector, he said execution of such massive projects required the support and co-operation of both lawyers and land owners.

Mr. Justice Dhanapalan, who is also the Portfolio Judge of Perambalur District, said the High Court had preferred Jayankondam for setting up the special court to facilitate the ultimate beneficiaries, particularly the local lawyers and land owners. The State government’s assurance not to go in for appeal against the special sub-court’s fixation of compensation would be catalytic factor for speedy disposal of cases.

Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology A. Raja appealed to the locals, particularly political leaders, to extend their cooperation for the expeditious implementation of the power project towards achieving national growth and development.

He said 1,800 hectares out of a total 5,000 hectares had been acquired for setting up a special economic zone (SEZ) in Perambalur district. The land acquisition process was a smooth affair, conducted through private negotiations with attractive concessions including alternative site and job opportunities. Similar facilities would be provided to the maximum extent possible to the displaced families.

He said he was keen in the implementation of JLPP not for any political mileage.

Earlier, Mr. Raja unveiled poet Tiruvalluvar’s portratit.

Chairman of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry R.K. Chandramohen pleaded for ensuring a fair compensation to the land owners.

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