In response to the report “94 families evicted from near Nehru stadium” that appeared in the Chennai edition of The Hindu on January 20, 2013, the Chennai Corporation has said that the families were shifted only after due enumeration and after they were provided with biometric cards.
They were sent to the Kannagi Nagar tenements only after the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) verified their papers and had arranged houses for them. “The Corporation has also ensured that the children belonging to such families are immediately admitted to the nearest government schools so that their education does not suffer. It is clarified that no encroachers were shifted without ensuring proper housing and schooling facilities,” it said. The 152 families were moved to facilitate the construction of additional tracks for the Asian Athletics Championship.
According to sources in the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, as part of rehabilitation measures, free bus passes have been provided to two adults each in all the 152 families for a period of two years. Three students studying in class 10 are being provided free bus passes for three months so that they can continue in their own schools.
The Civil Supplies Department has been asked to cancel their old family cards and issue fresh cards at their new address within a week. Until then all the families have been provided with 5 kg of rice, one kg of cooking oil and one kg of dhal, a source in the TNSCB said.