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Unauthorised buildings in Tiruverkadu demolished

Staff reporter

CHENNAI: The Thiruvallur district administration demolished several unauthorised buildings in Tiruverkadu on Thursday, as part of its massive drive to remove encroachments on the Cooum river's course.

The buildings demolished included double-storeyed commercial complexes and pucca houses.

A women's hostel, run by the Janaki Ammal Trust, will also be demolished in the next two days, a district administration official said.

About 18 compound walls, 34 buildings and two illegal cultivation sites have been cleared in this area using earthmoving equipment. Teams comprising of the representatives from the Police, Revenue, Survey and Public Works departments oversaw the operations.

The hostel that is to be demolished used to house about 10 women students studying in private colleges nearby. All the students have vacated the building.

"We had marked the extent to which encroachments would be removed. Hence, many building owners who had partly encroached have removed the illegal structures themselves," an official said.

However, some complaints have also risen. Residents of Numbal village were found to have pattas, despite the houses being on the Cooum's course. An enquiry is on to find if these documents were valid.

Owners of a building in Ambattur Municipality showed land documents but, upon investigation, the papers were found to be fake.

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