Taking serious view with regard to illegal sewage connections, the court had in an earlier order directed the government to introduce a graded penalty mechanism where such penalties must vary from Rs 5,000 to couple of lakhs.

When a PIL filed by Change India, an NGO represented by its director A Narayanan, came up before a division bench, the government pleader informed it that the process of approving the amendment proposal from Principal Secretary/Commissioner, Corporation of Chennai, with regard to penalty clause involves various legislative process and administrative procedures.

An affidavit filed by the Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, also said the draft amendment proposal has reached its final stages and effective steps were being taken to place the draft bill in the coming Assembly Session.

In the counter affidavit filed, the court was informed that in the meeting held between various officials, it was decided by the Corporation of Chennai and the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board to prepare a template to go for a bidding to finalize an agency to undertake the exercise of identifying number of premises with sewage connections and those without such connections.

The bench, comprising Justice TS Sivagnanam and Justice R Mala, then posted the matter for further hearing to March 7.

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