New houses for slum dwellers in Chennai

The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board is constructing tenements for over 1,000 slum dwellers in North Chennai. Officials from the Board said the construction would be completed in eight months.

“The tenements are being constructed in three areas; we began the work few months ago. The tenements will have schools, health care and all other facilities that people would need,” said a senior official from the Board.

According to official data, 480 tenements are being constructed in Nalla Thaneer Odai Kuppam also known as NTO Kuppam, 492 in Krishnakuppam and around 800 tenements in Vyasarpadi. Each of these tenements is reportedly going to be over 10 floors and it will accommodate slum dwellers who will be relocated to make way for the various development projects of the State.

Recently, Advocate Commissioner K. Elango had submitted a report based on his visit to the TNSCB tenements in Perumbakkam, Navalur, Gudapakkam and AIR Nagar at Ennore. He mentioned that many houses in Perumbakkam, which is eight storeyed, was poorly constructed. And that the apartment lift didn’t function properly, due to which people, including the elderly, had to climb all the floors. Residents also complained that the buildings had no safety exit where they could escape in cases of a fire or any emergency.

He also pointed out that post relocation families, in all the four sites, had lost their jobs, owing to the long distance, children were continuing in city schools and were travelling a long distances, as the number of the schools near the tenements were insufficient to admit the huge population. They also lacked round the clock medical facilities, ration shops or water supply.

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