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Over two lakh houses for slum dwellers

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The Hindu               18.12.2013

Over two lakh houses for slum dwellers

T. Ramakrishnan

Proposing a massive housing scheme for slum dwellers in municipalities and town panchayats, the State government has planned to construct around 2.15 lakh dwelling units at a cost of about Rs.13,455 crore.

If this proposal were to fructify, 25 per cent of urban slum families in these two categories of urban local bodies would be covered.

There are 126 municipalities and 528 town panchayats in the State. Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Dindigul, Theni and Tirunelveli account for about 35 per cent of the share.

The proposal has been listed in the prime slot of the chapter, titled ‘Grants for State Specific Needs,’ of the State government’s memorandum submitted to the 14{+t}{+h}Finance Commission on Monday.

The government has requested the Finance Commission to recommend an assistance of 50 per cent (Rs. 7,150 crore) of the project cost, as it is of the view that the remaining 50 per cent can be met through its schemes and other programmes.

As per the government’s plan, the scheme is to be taken up during 2015-2020. Of the total number (2,15,283) of houses, 1,46,392 will come up in municipalities and 68,891 in town panchayats. Keeping in mind the need for minimal displacement of slum dwellers, only 43,056 houses will be built after resettlement of the people. The remaining 1,72,227 houses will be raised through in-situ development. The unit cost is estimated at Rs. six lakh for in-situ development and Rs. 7.5 lakh for resettlement. The proposal has been formulated as there is not much scope under the existing schemes and programmes to address the housing problem of slum dwellers.

At present, 44,870 tenements are being constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission at a cost of Rs. 2,431 crore in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore municipal corporations, the total number of municipal corporations being 10. The tenements are slated for completion by 2015.

As for the remaining slums in the 10 corporations, the government has decided to construct one lakh houses under the Rajiv Awas Yojana by 2017. On completion of these programmes, all the corporations will become slum-free, according to the government’s memorandum.


Draw of lots for house allotment

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The Hindu             14.11.2013

Draw of lots for house allotment

Special Correspondent

Houses proposed to be built under the self-financing scheme by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board at Navalpattu and Thuraiyur will be allotted through draw of lots at the meeting of the Allocation Committee to be held at the board’s community hall at K.K. Nagar in the city on November 20. The board has planned to build 191 houses, including four high-income group (HIG), 13 middle income group (MIG), and 174 low-income group (LIG) type houses at Navalpattu and 12 HIG and 15 MIG houses at Thuraiyur.


Urban slum dwellers to get flats soon

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The Hindu            11.11.2013

Urban slum dwellers to get flats soon

Staff Reporter

Construction work of apartments in Ammankulam almost complete

Towards the end of this month, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board may handover the apartments it had built on behalf of the Coimbatore Corporation for the urban poor.

According to sources, the construction of apartments containing 792 flats in Ammankulam was almost complete and the Board was giving finishing touches.

The Board began constructing 904 flats in Ammankulam sometime in 2008 for the Corporation, which had obtained funds for the same from the Central Government under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme’s Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) component.

Under the BSUP, the Corporation was to help urban poor have better houses by providing financial assistance to those who had title deeds but lived in thatched roof houses, and flats to those who did not have title deeds and lived on encroached land along water bodies and on government lands. As per the scheme, the Board began constructing the flats in Ammankulam in 16 blocks.

Structural stability

A year after the start of the construction, one of the blocks sank a few inches into the ground raising questions about the structural stability of the apartment blocks under construction.

The Board had to marshal the resources of structural engineers from engineering colleges and technical institutions for remedial action. Based on the advice, the Board demolished a block to bring down the number of flats to 792.

The sources said that the Board had also provided sewerage, street light, community hall and other facilities for the residents to-be in Ammankulam.

Once it handed over the apartments, the Corporation would relocate the beneficiaries identified and once the latter shifted, would demolish their old houses.

The sources said that the process of handing over the houses and demolishing the old houses could take a few more months.

The Board was also keen to complete the Ukkadam project, where it was building 2,904 flats under the same scheme, sources said. It was building a few more apartments across the city to relocate the urban poor.

Construction work of apartments in Ammankulam almost complete.


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