Moorthingar Street Slums in Chennai to Get a New Look

The slum in Moorthingar Street in Vyasarpadi is likely to get a new look as the construction of 940 tenements according to SCBsources.

Published: 30th December 2014 10:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th December 2014 10:31 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The slum in Moorthingar Street in Vyasarpadi is likely to get a new look as the construction of 940 tenements using pre-fab technology is likely to commence by January next year, according to Slum Clearance Board sources.

The tenements, which are being constructed at a cost of Rs 70 crore, will be built using building components including columns, beams and roofs made by the contractor elsewhere. This will be brought to the construction site and installed to make the buildings.

Interestingly, slum clearance board is facing the hurdle in evicting the slum dwellers to temporary shelters before handing over the site to B G Shirke construction Technologies to construct  940 tenements using pre-fab technology.

“The site could not be handed over to the contractor since the slum families, who have occupied the land refused to vacate the site.

Instead, they have requested to issue pattas for the portions of land occupied by them,” the sources added.

Meanwhile, slum clearance board has identified a total of 733 families, who have to be evicted to some other site. Interestingly, only 240 families have moved out voluntarily.

Meanwhile, a case was also filed by the slum dwellers against the eviction following which High Court on June 11, 2014, gave four weeks time for the families to vacate the site and hand over possession to slum clearance board to commence the project.

It is learnt that the slum clearance board with the consent of Tamil Nadu Housing Board has made arrangements to utilize nearby lands that belong to TNHB to provide temporary shelters for the slum dwellers till the new tenements are allotted to them.

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