A total of 346 families that had encroached on Muthuswami Salai and Thangai Murugappa Street will be rehabilitated

The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board will provide alternative accommodation to encroachers on Muthuswami Salai and Thangai Murugappa Street before June-end.

The Board made the submission before a First Bench of the Madras High Court comprising acting Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar. The Bench disposed of a public interest petition in this regard.

The petitioner, K.R. Ramaswamy alias ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy, a social activist, asked the court for a direction to the authorities to consider his representation from September last year to rehabilitate the poor who were being neglected.

The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) filed a counter and said if the Chennai Corporation identified hut dwellers, the Board would take appropriate action wherever necessary to provide them alternative accommodation.

The Corporation filed a report and said, 259 families had encroached on Muthuswami Salai near Raja Annamalai Mandram and 87 families had encroached on Thangai Murugappa Street (off Wall Tax Road). A petition had been filed by Mr. Ramaswamy to evict the families.

Enumeration of the families was done and a list sent to the TNSCB for providing alternative accommodation. The board’s counsel said on Thursday that alternative accommodation would be provided to the families before June-end.

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