Around 350 unauthorized establishments are to be removed in an eviction drive that started last Friday at Maduravoyal as part of Cooum Restoration Project.
The resettlement facilities for the residents of the unauthorized structures have been arranged at Gundapakkam by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. Nearly 20 structures have so far been pulled down in an eviction drive conducted in the presence of police personnel.
The desilting and widening of the river portion are scheduled to take place after the encroachments are removed. At present, the river is only 15 m wide near MSP Nagar and this would be further widened to 100 m, The Hindu reported an official as saying. About 600 metres would be made available after the eviction drive at MSP Nagar. About 2,000 more structures need to be removed near Thiruverkadu and Maduravoyal, the official added.
The corporation has taken all necessary steps to ensure smooth rehabilitation of MSP Nagar residents. 400 sq. ft. tenements worth Rs.16 Lakhs have been allotted to residents with corporation officials assisting people with transport, medical and food facilities. Necessary steps have also been taken to admit 177 students in corporation run schools near Gundapakkam.
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