About 22 workers were working in the unit at around 12 pm, when a fire began at the packaging plant where about 100 barrels of thinner were stored, police said.
A rapid assessment says that close to one in two families (48%) living in Perumbakkam do not have ration cards linked to fair-price shops in the area.
These people, forming the bedrock of the working-class population, who once belonged to constituencies within the city are now confused about where to cast their votes.
This was done because there have been several security issues at Perumbakkam ever since they were relocated there, said Thyagarajan, a resident.
Residents of M Block claimed that at least 10 houses are unoccupied and they spotted youth using these houses in the night.
Among the 243 from women-headed families, 106 — which is a whopping 44 per cent — lost their jobs.
The residents said that only common motors are installed for every three blocks, and they do not have individual motors to pump out water.
Many residents claim despite completing all formalities with the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB), they are still not receiving pension.
Besides this, the residents claim there is sewage contamination in drinking water sumps.
Visuals shared with The New Indian Express showed water mixed with sewage stagnating in large quantity just outside the tenements.
The aspects that saw a positive change after resettlement were improvement to their well being due to access to toilets (66.6% increase) followed by access to electricity and water supply
The PM laid the foundation through video conference in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam
An official in the Slum Clearance Board confirmed to Express that there is a shortage of water.
Residents of Sathyavani Muthu Nagar stood in the sewage, protesting that they did not want to be shifted to Perumbakkam, an area with myriad social and civic problems, about 30 km from the city
The Perumbakkam area, where several thousands of families were relocated, has been facing severe inundation over the past week with knee-deep water