A PIL has been filed in the Madras High Court to quash various orders of the State Housing and Urban Development Department delineating 45 villages in Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts for inclusion under the proposed Policy Resolution for Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment regions (PCPIR) as “local planning areas”.
As per indianexpress.com, a division bench of Justices TS Sivagnanam and M Sundar, before which a PIL from G Sundarrajan, managing trustee of Poovulagin Nanbargal, an NGO, came up for hearing on Friday ordered notice to the State and Union Ministry of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, returnable in four weeks. According to petitioner, the Union Petroleum Ministry had published the Policy Resolution on PCPIRs on April 4, 2007. Pursuant to this, the Union Ministry had approved setting up four PCPIRs including the one in Tamil Nadu (Cuddalore-Nagappattinam).
A sum of `1,500 crores has also been approved by the ministry as budgetary support for Tamil Nadu. As per the policy resolution, Tamil Nadu is required to play the lead role in setting up of the PCPIR. It is required to identify a suitable site, prepare the proposal and seek approval of the Union Ministry. The State is also required to notify PCPIRs area. As a first step of the implementation of the Policy Resolution, the Housing Department delineated 45 villages in Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts and included them under the proposed PCPIR as “local planning area”. But it was done without inviting objections/suggestions from the inhabitants of the villages and the concerned local authorities or the institutions in the local areas. It was against a GO dated June 20, 2017, petitioner contended and sought to quash the GOs.