The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board has set the ball rolling for the resettlement of over 1,500 families who reside on Chennai Metrowater’s conduit pipeline.

With the State government recently approving two projects at Athipattu near Ambattur to construct 1,472 tenements at a total cost of Rs.118 crore, residents can expect to move to the stilt + 4 apartments by mid-2014.

Apart from the economically weaker section (EWS) houses with carpet area of 270 sq ft, the TNSCB will also construct 250 middle-income group (MIG) houses in phase I of Athipattu. The project has been approved under the Rajiv Awaz Yojana (RAY).

“A total of seven projects have been approved under the RAY across the State. The RAY project is programmed till 2017 by which a total of one lakh houses would have been constructed at a cost of Rs. 7,500 crore across the 10 Corporations in the State,” the source said.

The other projects that have been approved include one on Karikalan Street in Tiruchi where 305 houses are being constructed at a cost of Rs. 19.5 crore. In Salem the project to construct 471 houses at a cost of Rs. 27 crore would come up at Jaagirammapalayam. In Tirunelveli, Thiruvannadhapuram is the site chosen for 231 tenements at a cost of Rs 6.5 crore. Madurai will have two locations — Aanaiyur with 403 houses at a cost of Rs. 29.2 crore and Viraattipathu where 74 families will be rehabilitated at a cost of Rs.5 crore.