CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) has requested the government to provide a grant of almost Rs 6 crore to restore flood damaged tenements under the Tamil Nadu Government Rental Housing Scheme (TNGRHS) as sources said that due to stagnation of flood waters most of the TNHB tenements were damaged.
TNHB sources told
Express that assistance has been sought under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to carry out restoration work for the flood-hit tenements. It is learnt that TNHB has sought Rs 5 crore for repairing the tenements under rental housing scheme and Rs 90 lakh for repairing the tenements under the State housing board scheme.
Most of the tenements under the rental housing scheme and board scheme were affected in the rains. These include the tenements located in Ayanavaram, Shenoy Nagar, K G Colony, Mogappair East, Shanti Colony, K K Nagar, Foreshore Estate and SAF Games Village among others.
Sources said the funds would be utilised to carry out civil and water supply repairs, de-watering and pump-set repairs, electrical repairs, sewer line and inspection chamber repairs, sump and overhead tank cleaning.
“The flooring, water closets, brick work, plastering and doors and windows were damaged. The civil works and water supply repairs alone would cost Rs 3.50 crore. Even the sewerage pump sets have to undergo repairs which would cost another Rs 75 lakh,” said TNHB sources. Some of the tenements’ electrical panel switch board have also been damaged and TNHB estimates it to be around Rs 36 lakh for rental housing scheme.
Even the tenements’ sumps have been hit as sewage water has entered and has to be urgently cleaned, said sources. The source said that the amount provided by the government towards maintenance of TNGRHS flats was sufficient only to maintain the day-to-day essential services only, adding that the State housing board does not have resources to carry out restoration activities on its own.