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Slum dwellers to get homes within Chennai

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The Hindu      12.09.2017 

Slum dwellers to get homes within Chennai

Locality near Seven Wells identified for building tenements

In a major policy shift that could help safeguard the livelihood of the slum dwellers to some extent, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) has decided to construct tenements in Moolakothalam near Seven Wells.

The Board has also identified around 40 localities in and around the city for resettlement and relocation of slum dwellers and homeless families.

Unlike the previous resettlement colonies, which were over 50 km away from the city centre, some of the new localities could be much closer and within one hour of travel time.

The move comes in the aftermath of the government’s decision to stop building tenements en masse in the outskirts of the city so as to avoid ghettoisation.

All these tenements will be constructed as part of Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP) as part of the Housing for All (Urban) Scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

Under this scheme, financial assistance will be provided for houses for economically weaker sections that are being built in partnerships by States /UTs/cities. “We have received approval for three locations so far from the Centre. Construction work will soon begin. While we have identified several other areas, they are under the jurisdiction of various departments with whom talks are underway,” said a senior official from TNSCB. Apart from Moolakothalam, slum dwellers are expected to be relocated to Manali New Town and Thailavaram in Maraimalai Nagar.

Enumeration process

In the phase one of the project, the Board will construct 648 tenements on 11.5 acres in Moolakothalam. In the next phase, 400 tenements are expected to be built. “The enumeration for the tenements is currently in process. Families in and around the area will soon be provided houses,” the official said.

Around 1.48 lakh families across the city have been identified and enumerated under AHP. The Board had received approval to build over 5,000 multi-storeyed tenements.

The Board’s decision to refrain from en masse construction of tenements in the outskirts may help ensure mixed development of relocated and host communities.

However, those who have already been relocated to tenements further away claim their lives have been adversely affected after the move.

“If you look at these building walls, it seems like they might come crumbling down any time,” said Vasanthi, fitting her hand in a large hole in the entrance wall at her house in Gudapakkam.

“My husband is unemployed. There is nothing for us or our children here. The State has successfully isolated us,” Ms. Vasanthi said.

 

Corporation retrieves 30,000 sq ft of OSR land

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The Hindu        12.09.2017  

Corporation retrieves 30,000 sq ft of OSR land

The land maintained by a residents welfare forum was mired in legal dispute

In an area like Velachery where finding open space for recreational activities is a tough task, the Chennai Corporation has retrieved a big open space reservation (OSR) land and opened it to the public.

The land measuring around 30,000 square feet had remained out of bounds for the public as it was maintained by the residents welfare association of an apartment complex.

A senior Corporation official of Adyar Zone says the OSR land measuring 29,916 sq. ft. was located in Bethel Avenue, Velachery. Located in Regal Palm Garden Apartments, the land was in a legal dispute for several years.

However, members of many residents welfare associations in Velachery say that more has to be done by the officials to retrieve OSR lands which have been encroached upon or caught in legal dispute.

S. Kumararaja, an office-bearer of Annai Indira Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association, says several OSR lands located ‘inside’ multi-storey apartments which are meant to serve as parks and playgrounds for the public have not been handed over to the civic body. A flat promoter in Baby Nagar has constructed a temple in the space allotted for OSR land. In another instance, a park set up on the OSR land inside a multi-storey apartment on 12th Street of Annai Indira Nagar was not open for the public.

Activists urge the civic officials to seriously pursue the court cases so that the OSR lands are retrieved. In some cases, the Corporation has lost the cases despite having the required documents to support its case, they claim.

 

Slum dwellers to get homes within city

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The Hindu        11.09.2017 

Slum dwellers to get homes within city

Time for change:Residents relocated to areas such as Gudapakkam have struggled to earn a livelihood.File Photo  

Locality near Seven Wells identified for building tenements; 40 more such locations are in the process of being acquired

In a major policy shift that could help safeguard the livelihood of the slum dwellers to some extent, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) has decided to construct tenements in Moolakothalam near Seven Wells.

The Board has also identified around 40 localities in and around the city for resettlement and relocation of slum dwellers and homeless families.

Unlike the previous resettlement colonies, which were over 50 km away from the city centre, some of the new localities could be much closer and within one hour of travel time.

The move comes in the aftermath of the government’s decision to stop building tenements en masse in the outskirts of the city so as to avoid ghettoisation.

All these tenements will be constructed as part of Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP) as part of the Housing for All (Urban) Scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

Under this scheme, financial assistance will be provided for houses for economically weaker sections that are being built in partnerships by States /UTs/cities. “We have received approval for three locations so far from the Centre. Construction work will soon begin. While we have identified several other areas, they are under the jurisdiction of various departments with whom talks are underway,” said a senior official from TNSCB. Apart from Moolakothalam, slum dwellers are expected to be relocated to Manali New Town and Thailavaram in Maraimalai Nagar.

Enumeration process

In the phase one of the project, the Board will construct 648 tenements on 11.5 acres in Moolakothalam. In the next phase, 400 tenements are expected to be built. “The enumeration for the tenements is currently in process. Families in and around the area will soon be provided houses,” the official said.

Around 1.48 lakh families across the city have been identified and enumerated under AHP. The Board had received approval to build over 5,000 multi-storeyed tenements.

The Board’s decision to refrain from en masse construction of tenements in the outskirts may help ensure mixed development of relocated and host communities.

However, those who have already been relocated to tenements further away claim their lives have been adversely affected after the move.

“If you look at these building walls, it seems like they might come crumbling down any time,” said Vasanthi, fitting her hand in a large hole in the entrance wall at her house in Gudapakkam.

“Our lives completely changed after coming here. My husband is unemployed, I have to be very careful about my teenage son, who I fear is getting into bad company. I do not allow my daughter to step out alone. But this is the case with most families here. There is nothing for us or our children here. The State has successfully isolated us,” Ms. Vasanthi said.

Land titles

A recently released report titled ‘From deluge to displacement: The impact of post-flood eviction and resettlement in Chennai’ by the Information and Resource Centre for the Deprived Urban Communities (IRCDUC) and Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), pointed out that 85% of informal settlements did not have legal land titles and the residents are living below the poverty line.

The report also noted that the lack of security of land tenure has resulted in the state branding most slum dwellers as “illegal occupants” and “squatters”.

It further stated that the deliberate denial of provision of security of tenure has been the root cause of forced evictions, wherein the people are coerced by the State government to move to ghettos under the guise of ‘post-disaster rehabilitation’ and ‘affordable housing.’

“It is important to ensure that the new sites have all the means of social and economic development and basic amenities. Else, these areas too would become ghettos,” said Anbuselvam, a Dalit scholar.

 


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