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Slum-dwellers to get new houses in the same locality

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The Hindu      18.07.2016 

Slum-dwellers to get new houses in the same locality

The slum clearance board has taken up construction of 26,978 houses

The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) will be constructing 26,978 in the same locality houses across the State.

“As many as 180 locations across the State have been approved for in situ construction,” said a senior official from TNSCB. “There has been a big demand from people for in situ constructions and we wish to cover the maximum we can,” he added. While 100 houses have been completed, 20,779 houses are being constructed.

In Chennai, 4,662 houses under the Beneficiary Led Individual Construction have been approved. Red Hills, Moolakadai, Koyambedu, and South Madras are among the areas chosen for construction. The construction of 925 houses is in progress.

The cost of the in situ beneficiary-led housing project is Rs. 69,472 lakh. It will be implemented under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

Officials said while they had been providing pattas to slum dwellers, the ones who live on untenable land cannot be regularised, even if they have been living there for generations. “To accommodate people who live on these lands we have built houses in Perumbakkam and Kannagi Nagar,” the official said.

“How can we move to a place which is 40 km away from the city, leaving behind our home, livelihood, and education of our children. We have lived here for generations,” said R. Alamelu, a resident of Govindasamy Nagar, who along with hundreds of residents in the area was on the brink of eviction. While a large number of families in the area were relocated from the locality over the years, Alamelu and others have been fighting it.

“We want in situ construction and have requested the higher authorities for it, time and again. We cannot afford to struggle like our friends in the resettlement colonies,” said S. Jyotsna, a student.

A 2005 pre-feasibility study conducted by TNSCB states that “clearance and relocation of slums costs 10 times more than upgrading at the existing sites”


Applications invited for housing scheme

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The Hindu      11.07.2016  

Applications invited for housing scheme

The Dindigul Corporation has invited applications from rural and urban poor to assist them in constructing a house under credit linked subsidy scheme offered by the Central Government.

Under this scheme, the applicant will be provided home loan for construction of a house, according to a press releases from the corporation here on Saturday.

Beneficiaries are eligible for a 6.5 per cent interest subsidy for 15 years. The subsidy will be available for a loan of Rs.6 lakhs. There will not be any subsidy to additional loan, if any. The carpet area of houses should be up to 30 square metres and 60 square metres for economically weaker sections (EWS) and low income group (LIG) respectively.


CMDA panel told it has ‘no authority’

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The Hindu      23.06.2016 

CMDA panel told it has ‘no authority’

Housing Secretary says it can only make suggestions and govt. is ‘supreme and sovereign’

Wednesday’s meeting was the first one to be held after the AIADMK returned to power. —Photo: R. Ragu
Wednesday’s meeting was the first one to be held after the AIADMK returned to power. —Photo: R. Ragu

Members of the Monitoring Committee of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority were told on Wednesday that the committee could only make suggestions and that it had “no authority”, while the State government was “supreme and sovereign”.

Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, made these observations during the proceedings of the 57th meeting of the committee, which convenes at regular intervals to take up important issues such as applications from promoters for regularisation.

“We were taking up the issue of application for regularisation of a multi-storey building on Santhome High Road that was declared ‘unauthorised’ after thorough reporting by the CMDA. We had rejected the application during a meeting in February itself, but it came back,” committee member and former Member Secretary of CMDA M.G. Devasahayam said.

“When we submitted that the application cannot be considered for regularisation, the Housing Secretary told us: ‘You have no authority. You cannot take a decision and can only suggest. The government is sovereign and supreme’.”

Recording the stand

In reply, the members of the monitoring committee — distinguished persons in the fields of urban planning — asked the CMDA to record in the meeting proceedings the latter’s stand that the committee had no role to play and that it was only a consulting body.

Following this, the meeting ended abruptly. This was the first meeting of the committee after the AIADMK returned to power The last meeting was in February.

Efforts to reach Mr. Yadav for a response were not successful.

The episode is bound to stir a debate surrounding the role of the committee, which has played a crucial role in planning the city’s growth.

The committee has made suggestions to the CMDA on improving the implementation of rules and administration.

During the February meeting, the application for regularisation for the building on Santhome High Road was rejected on the grounds that the width of the road was only 38 feet, as against the required 60 feet.

Further, the Floor Space Index of the building stood at 2.67, while the maximum permissible limit was only 1.5.


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