Debris of Moulivakkam building yet to be cleared

Site of tower demolished in 2016 turns den of anti-socials, adds to woes of home owners in vicinity still awaiting compensation

Published: 14th June 2018 04:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2018 05:58 AM   |  A+A-

Work to clear debris of the demolished tower at Moulivakkam is proceeding at a slow pace | Martin Louis

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Nearly a year-and-a-half after the unsafe tower at Moulivakkam was brought down by Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, the debris still lies there, reminding one of the callousness on part of builder and authorities, which resulted in the death of 61 workers after the first tower collapsed on June 28, 2014.

Sources said Prime Srishti was given a one-month deadline from May 5, 2018 to remove the debris of the building demolished in November, 2016. But work is going on in slow pace.

The scars still lies etched in the memory of the residents nearby and the dilapidated and damaged houses which bore the brunt after the 11-storey first tower collapsed is a testimony that nothing much has changed except filing of legal cases seeking CBI probe into the incident and  compensation for plot owners and for those whose homes have been damaged. Public Works Department sources told Express that the one-month deadline was issued after complaints to the district administration as the site became a den for anti-social elements and poisonous insects. Sources indicated that the deadline has been extended to July 4, 2018 following a request by the builder, M Balagurusamy.

Hema, a resident of Rajaraja Nagar whose house is situated in the backyard of the site, hits out at officials for delaying the process of clearing of debris. “After the building was demolished, building owners found it difficult to get tenants. The nearby building had six flats and all were vacant. Now only tenants have occupied it,” she says.

But the fate of buyers and those whose homes were damaged have been ignored. While residents sought legal remedy to compensate the damage to buildings, it is learnt that the State government is yet to implement Justice R Reghupathi commission recommendations to set up a committee to assess loss of buyers who bought flats in the two residential buildings at  Moulivakkam.

The government is also silent on recommendation to sensitise the vigilance department by establishing a special unit to deal with hidden and underground nexus between officials and realtors.

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Justice Regupathi Commission recommendations

  • Form a committee to assess loss to individuals who had booked flats
  • Fix compensation proportionate to the loss and damage; the government to utilise funds available under the “State Disaster Relief Fund’ for such disbursal
  • Sensitise vigilance department by establishing special unit to deal with nexus between officials and realtors
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