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12,000 families along Cooum relocated so far

Around 12,000 families in  49 settlements across the city have been relocated so far under the  integrated Cooum river eco-restoration plan, according to official  sources.

Published: 29th November 2020 04:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2020 04:08 AM   |  A+A-

The polluted Cooum river near Madhuravoyal in Chennai | Shiba prasad sahu

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Around 12,000 families in  49 settlements across the city have been relocated so far under the  integrated Cooum river eco-restoration plan, according to official  sources. Another 2,000 odd families in ten settlements are all that are left to be resettled, said officials. 

Most  recently, 221 families in Padi Kuppam were evicted under the scheme. While some have been resettled to the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board  project site in Navalur, some others may be accommodated in the  Athipattu project site. 

After a gap of eight months, the Chennai  Rivers Restoration Trust with the Public Works Department and the city  corporation resumed evictions in the city in September. 

A United  Nations’ Covid-19 guidance note issued on March 28 this year had stated that forced evictions of informal settlements and encampments  must be declared an end to, ‘in keeping with their international human  rights obligations to ensure residents of informal  settlements/encampments can “stay home” and be adequately protected  against the life-threatening virus.’

However,  officials had said that in view of the upcoming monsoons and the  residents’ increased risk of flooding if not relocated, the move was  essential since the upstream of the Cooum river had been widened.


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