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Project management consultants to be appointed

Learning experience:The TNSCB tenements in Kannagi Nagar, Thoraipakkam.
Learning experience:The TNSCB tenements in Kannagi Nagar, Thoraipakkam.

The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) will appoint project management consultants for its upcoming projects. They will monitor right from the concept to the commissioning stage, said Phanindra Reddy, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development. “The move would help ensure better quality in projects implemented by the TNSCB,” he told a session on housing at the Municipalika conference that concluded here on Wednesday.

In the next five years, the TNSCB planned to construct around one lakh dwelling units at a cost of Rs.7,500 crore under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY). “We have major projects coming up and cannot deploy our manpower all over the State. We cannot appoint additional staff for this.”

“Though our requirement is to relocate or provide in situ development to accommodate one million families, due to the issues faced in the past, we are not looking at such numbers immediately,” he added.

Talking about problems faced by the TNSCB, he said the original owners do not stay and those that stayed on did not want to pay the monthly instalments. “We are looking at the possibility of renting out dwelling units under the JNNURM [Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission] or RAY,” Mr. Reddy said.

The Board, he said, had also learnt from past experiences. “In Kannagi Nagar for instance, there was a time lag between when dwellers moved in and the creation of civic amenities. This led to several issues there. In Perumbakkam, we are ensuring that facilities including schools and ICDS centres and connectivity are provided before the residents move in,” he said. Santa Sheela Nair, Vice-Chairperson, State Planning Commission, in her presentation on rainwater harvesting and Ecosan said a situation must arise when every drop of rainwater is conserved and precious water is not wasted.

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