‘Will continue to fight against memorials on Marina beach’

Coimbatore: Social activist Traffic Ramaswamy on Friday said he would continue to fight for removal of memorials on the shores of Marina. Speaking to reporters in the city after petitioning district collector TN Hariharan to address potable water woes at Mettupalayam, the activist said he would fight the case in Supreme court vigorously.
Ramasamy had a few months ago moved the Madras high court seeking direction to remove memorials of former chief ministers Annadurai, MGR and J Jayalalithaa on Marina beach. “The petition was dismissed a few days ago and DMK functionaries had threatened me and my lawyer to withdraw the case. What is the need to withdraw a public interest litigation in connection with the removal of memorials on Marina shores? I will approach the Supreme Court against the lower court’s order.”

He said if such memorials were not removed from Marina, in future district secretaries of many parities would seek a space there. “The memorials are located near the coastal boundaries and construction of memorials in coastal boundaries is violation of law. So, I will continue the legal fight against the memorials on Marina.”

On behalf of residents of Thimmanur near Mettupalayam, Traffic Ramasamy petitioned the district collector and requested him to take appropriate steps to solve the potable water problems in the village. He said the district administration officials were ready to help the public and people should use their services. “Public should not approach politicians to solve their problems.”

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