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Over 16,500 families identified as slum-dwellers in urban Salem

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The Hindu             11.02.2014

Over 16,500 families identified as slum-dwellers in urban Salem

Staff Reporter

Houses to be constructed under ‘Slum Free India’ programme

A total of 16,524 families were residing in the 302 slum areas identified in the corporation limits spread across 91.34 sq km. in the four zones.

This was announced at the consultative meeting on Slum Free City Plan of Action (SFCPOA) for the Salem City Municipal Corporation (SCMC) at a function organised by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board here on Monday.

Under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), that envisages a ‘Slum Free India’ by 2022, Gandhinagar New and Old Colony in Ward 6 in the corporation limits were selected for construction of 235 individual houses at a cost of Rs. 13.970 crore.


Each house would be constructed in the cost ranging between Rs. 4 lakh to 6 lakh with 50 per cent subsidy from Central government, 40 per cent subsidy from State government and 10 per cent contribution from the beneficiary.

At the stakeholders meeting held on Monday, officials from slum clearance board said that a survey was being conducted by the Hyderabad-based private consultant to identify the slum areas in the city and an extensive mapping would be carried out.

When the officials said that 302 slum areas have so far been identified in the city, councillors objected to it and said that 52 areas have developed and wanted it to be removed from the list.

Officials said that Mayor and the Corporation Commissioner should forward a letter for making changes in the list.

After the survey is over in a month, slums would be selected and a project report would be prepared for implemented.

Nearby areas

Currently, of the total slum areas, 69 areas were found to be in objectionable areas and hence houses for these families should be constructed in nearby areas, the official said.

Mayor S. Soundappan, Commissioner M. Ashokan, V. Shanmugasundaram, State Coordinator, AAY, V. Subramanian, Superintending Engineer, TNSCB, S.P. Vasanthakumar, Executive Engineer, TNSCB-Salem, engineers and councillors were present.

Hyderabad-based private consultant conducting survey to identify slum areas.


Slum dwellers to be shifted to Ammankulam tenements soon

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The Hindu            05.02.2014

Slum dwellers to be shifted to Ammankulam tenements soon

Ready for occupation:Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board tenements at Ammankulam constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme.- Photo: K.Ananthan
Ready for occupation:Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board tenements at Ammankulam constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme.- Photo: K.Ananthan

The Coimbatore Corporation would soon initiate measures to move to the Ammankulam tenements, the urban slum dwellers that lived along water bodies on encroached land.

The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) that had constructed the flats was ready to hand them over. Once the formal handing over was complete, the Corporation would start the process of handing them over to beneficiaries whom it had already identified.

The first to go and occupy the tenements would be the slum dwellers from the Highways Colony on Trichy Road, who occupied the Valangulam banks, said Mayor S.M. Velusamy a few days ago.

As and when the Corporation handed over the flats to the beneficiaries, it would mark the beginning of the next step in its efforts to rehabilitate the urban slum dwellers. At Ammankulam, 729 flats are ready for occupation.

Though the TNSCB had constructed 1,608 flats, it had to scale down the number after two apartments — 2B and 4B — sunk 50 cm and 25 cm triggering the need to demolish the top floors to restore stability to the structures. The sinking happened in 2010.

The Corporation had asked the TNSCB to construct the tenements under the Central Government’s Basic Services for Urban Poor programme of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission project. The Government had also given more than 50 per cent of the project cost. Mr. Velusamy said that the Corporation had also decided to handover 20 acres to the TNSCB to construct 5,000 flats to complete the housing project for the urban poor. The 20 acres it had identified was in Vellalore and part of the Vellaore compost yard land.

Once the construction of 5,000 flats was complete, it would take the total number of houses constructed to more than 12,000. The TNSCB had constructed 7,000 apartments at Ukkadam.

He added that the Corporation deciding to hand over the 20 acre was based on a request from the TNSCB.


Rs 117 Crore For Multi-Storeyed Tenements: CM

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The New Indian Express             10.01.2014

Rs 117 Crore For Multi-Storeyed Tenements: CM

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday gave the  administrative sanction for constructing 1,472 multi-storey tenements at a cost of  `117.15 crore through the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) for resettling the hutment dwellers living in Ward No 96 of Chennai Corporation (Kakkanji Nagar). 

Of the 1,472 tenements, 1,056 will come up under the Ambattur Athipattu-I project at a cost of Rs 84.92 crore, while 416 tenements will be constructed under the Ambattur Athipattu-II project at a cost of `32.23 crore.

The CM also sanctioned `31.5 crore and `11.63 crore respectively for Athipattu-I and Athipattu-II projects as the State government’s grant.  Each of the tenements will be built on an area of 271 sq ft with two rooms, a kitchen, balcony and a toilet.

The Chief Minister had already directed the authorities to take up repair works in the TNSCB tenements constructed many years ago to ensure safe dwelling of the poor.  For the current year (2013-14) and the next financial year, the Chief Minister has allocated`25.77 crore for undertaking repair works. With these funds, repair works will be carried out in 29,028 tenements.

As many as 15,656 multi-storey tenements have been constructed in Okkiyam Thoraipakkam as part of the Kannagi Nagar Project, for resettlement of hutment dwellers residing in objectionable areas in Chennai city.  Further, 8,048 tenements are being constructed in the same place.

Since the density of population has gone up in this area due to resettlement of people, transport facilities should be upgraded for these people.  The Chief Minister has sanctioned `2 crore towards upgrading the Kannagi Nagar bus terminus with more bus bays to park 20 buses and other amenities.


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