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MAKING UP FOR LOSS: The Slum Board tenements in Tiruvotiyur where families affected by the proposed widening of Ennore Expressway will be given accommodation. —
MAKING UP FOR LOSS: The Slum Board tenements in Tiruvotiyur where families affected by the proposed widening of Ennore Expressway will be given accommodation. —

Staff Reporter

“Acquire 35 acres from BSNL in Tiruvottiyur to build houses for people hit by Expressway Project”

CHENNAI: Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu on Friday urged the State government to acquire 35 acres from the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd in Tiruvottiyur to construct alternative houses for those, who are expected to be affected by the Elevated Expressway Project.

Speaking after inaugurating 1,824 tenements constructed by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board in Tiruvottiyur at a cost of Rs.35.03 crore to resettle families affected by the proposed widening of the Ennore Express Highway, he said there was a need for more such road widening projects as it was the catalyst for economic development.

He also requested residents living along Ennore Expressway to relocate to the new tenements as soon as possible so that the work on Ennore Expressway can begin.

The Ennore road project is part of the Ennore Manali Road Infrastructure Project (EMRIP), which covers four major roads in north Chennai, including Tiruvottiyur-Ponneri-Panchetti (TPP) Road, Manali Oil Refinery Road and northern portion of the Inner Ring Road from Madhavaram to Manali.

Minister for Slum Clearance and Accommodation Control Suba Thangavelan said his Department had aimed to construct a total of one lakh dwelling units in two years. Work was under way to construct around 7,000 units in Nochikuppam in the place of old tenements that had been demolished. He said that work was in progress at Perumbakkam where on 105 acres houses were coming up. Several projects were being taken up through out the state, he added.

Principal Secretary, Highways K. Allaudin said the State government’s contribution in the EMRIP was Rs 30 crore. The government has been asked to contribute an additional Rs.28 crore, on account of escalation in the project cost, of which Rs.16 crore has been spent on land acquisition on the Tiruvottiyur Ponneri Panchetti road and Rs. 9 crore on shifting of utilities of Metrowater and TWAD Board.

TNSCB Managing Director T.K.Ramachandran said the cost of each unit in Tiruvottiyur is Rs.1.92 lakh and provided with drinking water supply, underground drainage arrangements and electricity. Facilities like primary and higher secondary schools and shops would be provided.

Minister for Highways Vellakoil Saminathan, Minister for Fisheries K. P. P. Sami, Housing Secretary Surjit K Chaudhary and Tiruvallur Collector G.Sundaramurthi spoke.

In southern suburbs

Earlier in the day, Mr. Baalu dedicated various welfare projects and laid the foundation stone for new scheme in the southern suburbs of Chennai.

Mr. Baalu began his whirlwind tour by laying the foundation stone for a community hall in Pammal.

He also had a look at Keelkattalai bus terminus, where the Pallavaram Municipality is carrying out improvement works at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh.

In Tambaram Municipality, he laid the foundation stone for construction of a retaining wall abutting the ‘Paappaan Canal’ at a cost of Rs. 1 crore.

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