Staff Reporter

There are 1276 houses in 80 blocks

Some of the houses are dilapidated

ERODE: The Tamilnadu Government has formed a five member committee in Erode with the District Collector as its Chairman to inspect the houses constructed in 1984 by the Slum Clearance Board for the economically poor persons.

The team consisting of the Collector, Superintending Engineer, Public Works Department (Building), Executive Engineers of Slum Clearance Board and Housing Board and also a Civil Engineering department professor.

Informing this, an official of the Slum Clearance Board said that in in Marapalam, Karungalpalayam and Periyarnagar area 672 houses were built for the economically backward persons by the Housing Board in 1984.

Two years later 624 houses were also constructed. Now there are around 1276 houses in 80 blocks (each block contains16 houses) which are occupied by the slum dwellers who pays a meagre instalment to the board.

Some of the houses are in dilapidated condition and in some places, the occupants themselves spending money for repair works.

The Department has not taken any initiative in this direction so far.

After the collapse of such storeyed houses in Ukkadam, Coimbatore, and the Government has instructed the officials to inspect all such houses in the State.

It was for this that the team was formed to visit every house and conduct a detailed inspection.

Notice issued

Meanwhile, the Board has issued notices to the residents of the houses and asked them to vacate the premises. They then will demolish these houses after getting sanction and then rebuild them and give it back to the residents. .

Rent

It is stated that many owners have given their houses on rent or sold them. It is also stated that Rs eight thousand would be given by the Government to each allottee for vacating the house, for their shifting charges.

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