The Madras High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the state government on a PIL seeking a direction to authorities to inspect schools and buildings to study their fitness post heavy rains.
A division bench comprising justices K.Kalyana Sundaram and S.Vaidyanathan issued notice on a PIL filed by journalist V. Anbazhagan.
The petitioner submitted that the recent heavy rains had affected Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Cuddalore. He submitted that schools and colleges in these districts were closed for a month because of rains and inundation and the buildings had become structurally weak and there was likelihood of their collapsing.
He submitted that authorities without inspecting the buildings granted permission to open the institutions, particularly government and government-aided schools, not "fit enough" to accommodate the students.
As authorities have not responded to his representations requesting them to inspect the school and college buildings in the rain affected districts and study their strength and fitness, he filed the PIL, the petitioner submitted.