Unauthorized occupation of Government lands are to be prevented. In order to protect the Government lands and to prevent the encroachments in the Government lands. During the initial stage of encroachment noticed, the Revenue and Disaster Management Department co-ordinates with the respective Departments necessary actions are taken jointly under due procedures. In cases where encroachment has not been prevented, in the budding stage and to evict the encroachers or safe guard of Government lands from the encroachers, the following Acts are been enacted:

Tamil Nadu Land Encroachment Act,1905 Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 Tamil Nadu Village Panchayat Act, 1958 Tamil Nadu Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorized occupation) Act, 1975 Tamil Nadu Panchayat Act, 1994 Tamil Nadu Highways Act, 2001 Tamil Nadu Protection of Tanks and Eviction of Encroachment Act, 2007 In order to protect the water course lands such as Kulam, Kuttai, Odai, Channel and other catchment areas and to avoid encroachments on such lands, the Government in G.O. (Ms.) No.41, Revenue Department, Dated 20.01.1987 have issued ban orders for regularization of such encroachments. In G.O.(Ms)No.186, Revenue Department, Dated 29.4.2003, detailed instructions have been issued to follow the above Government orders scrupulously. Similarly the Hon’ble High Court, Madras have also delivered judgment in W.P.No.20186/2000 to identify such illegal encroachments on the water course porambokes and to restore them to their original position after eviction. Accordingly, at most importance are being given to evict the encroachments in water bodies such as tanks, rivers, lakes, ponds and other water course porambokes in co-ordination with Public Works Department, the local bodies and the Police Department.(to avoid law and order issues). Further the Government, in G.O.(Ms) No.540, Revenue [LD-6(2)]Department, Dated 4.12.2014, have also issued orders for the constitution of Redressal Committees regarding eviction and encroachment at the Taluk/ Divisional/ District level for disposing of petitions relating to encroachments made in Government lands. The District Collectors have been instructed to monitor the progress of disposal of such petitions during the District Revenue Administration meeting and the actions of the Committee is monitored by the Commissioner of Land Administration.

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