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Over 100 shops, houses demolished in East Tambaram

MAKING WAY: An encroachment being removed in East Tambaram on Friday. Photo; A. Muralithran

MAKING WAY: An encroachment being removed in East Tambaram on Friday. Photo; A. Muralithran  

The State Highways Department demolished more than 100 shops, houses and other commercial establishments on Velachery Main Road in East Tambaram on Friday as part of the work to create access to the road overbridge under construction. The ROB would replace the railway level-crossing at the intersection of Velachery Main Road, Mudichur Road and Grand Southern Trunk Road.

Officials of the State Highways Department said they had been trying to remove the “unauthorised structures” on land belonging to their department since work on the ROB began in 2007. However, owing to court orders, they were unable to take control of the property. With the vacation of the stay orders, they issued notices to occupants of the shops and houses, including a final notice some days ago and with adequate police protection, they began to demolish the structures on Friday.

There were more than 150 structures and they would be removing about 120 of them as owners of the remaining structures had obtained a stay order from the Madras High Court. The plan was to remove structures on their land for a distance of more than 800 metres from the railway level-crossing and Poondi Bazaar bus stop for creating access to the bridge. The government has allotted Rs.30.6 crore for civil works and another Rs.20 crore for acquiring about 6,000 square metres of patta land.

Traders and residents living in houses along the stretch where the eviction took place were shocked at the loss of their property and their only source of income.

They said some families lived for more than five decades and wondered if the government would provide alternative land to the affected.

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