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Buildings on objectionable land in Chennai face demolition

More than 5,000 buildings on objectionable land in each of the villages that were merged with Chennai Corporation in 2011 have already been identified by the Revenue department.

More than 5,000 buildings on objectionable land in each of the villages that were merged with Chennai Corporation in 2011 have already been identified by the Revenue department.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

Residents urged to share information about their property.

Revenue department officials will soon identify buildings constructed on objectionable poromboke land in the city for demolition. At the same time, those without clear patta documents, but not built on objectionable land, might be favoured with regularisation.

Over one lakh buildings across the city and its suburbs are estimated to be constructed on objectionable lands. Revenue department officials clarified that they are yet to complete the task of compiling data on buildings constructed on objectionable land. They hope to do so in a week.

According to some officials, more than 5,000 buildings on objectionable land in each of the villages that were merged with Chennai Corporation in 2011 have already been identified by the department.

Patta may be given

Revenue officials claimed that the government would issue pattas to residents whose houses are not on objectionable land, persuading residents to share information.

While some residents have started doing so, many refused to share information with officials, worried about the possibility of demolition.

“Five persons visited my house on 6th Street, Karthikeyapuram, in Madipakkam. They asked us to give a copy of the patta, Aadhaar, name, address, phone number and ration card. They claimed that the government would issue patta. Many people refused to give a copy of the Aadhaar. When the residents asked the officials for their identity cards, the name of the officials was not clear. The office stamp was also not clear. When we asked them if the cards were genuine, they got annoyed. We explained that the police have advised us not to share information with strangers," said a resident.

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