Madras High Court Permits Unveiling Of MGR Arch, But Without Ceremony

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The court last year restrained the state government from inaugurating the arch. (File)


The Madras High Court today permitted the Tamil Nadu government to unveil the newly constructed MGR centenary arch in Chennai, proposed to commemorate the birth centenary of late chief minister and ruling AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran.

However, it said only the green net covering the arch should be removed, "without any ceremony in any manner".

On November 19, 2018, the bench had passed an interim order, restraining the state government from inaugurating the arch on the Marina beach, till the disposal of a public interest litigation petition opposing it.

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The bench passed the order on a plea by advocate D Dinesh Kumar seeking to restrain the government from constructing the arch by violating statutory provisions.

The petitioner alleged that the arch was constructed by encroaching on the arterial Kamarajar Salai and its pedestrian space meant for public use in total violation of various legislations.

As per the Tamil Nadu Highways Act, no permanent structure can be constructed either on the middle or the pathway of a road. Hence, any construction is unauthorised, he had said.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami laid the foundation stone for the arch in August, 2018.

The 66-feet wide and 52-feet tall arch would come up on Kamaraj Salai, abutting the Marina Beach, where the late politician's memorial is also located.

MGR ruled Tamil Nadu from 1977 till his death in 1987 after breaking away from the DMK and forming the AIADMK in 1972.

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