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Permanent houses for tsunami-hit families to be built in Tiruvottriyur

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Veeraswamy distributes allotment orders to 401 families in Tondiarpet

— Photo: M. Vedhan.

NEW SHELTERS: Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veerasamy (centre) presents the documents for a permanent house in HLL Nagar, Tondiarpet, to a tsunami-affected resident of north Chennai on Tuesday. Slum Clearance Minister Suba Thangavelan (right) and Fisheries Minister K.P.P. Sami are in the picture.

Chennai: Permanent houses for the tsunami-affected families who could not be accommodated in Tondiarpet would be built in Tiruvottriyur, Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veeraswamy said here on Tuesday.

At a function to distribute allotment orders to 401 families for permanent tenements in HLL Nagar in Tondiarpet, Mr. Veerasamy said the permanent houses in Tiruvottriyur for the remaining tsunami-affected families in Ernavoor would be built within eight months.

Delay owing to PIL

Of the 1,392 tenements available in HLL Nagar, 991 were allotted in June.

There was a delay in the allotment of the remaining 401 houses because Madras High Court had stayed the allotment after a public interest litigation charging irregularities in the allocating process.

Based on the court order, 102 allotments were made and the rest of the houses would be allocated according to the seniority of beneficiaries, Mr. Veeraswamy said.

Fisheries Minister K.P.P. Sami, Slum Clearance Minister Suba Thangavelan, Chennai Collector R. Jaya and Slum Clearance Board managing director T.K. Ramachandran participated in the function.

Agitated women

Despite the assurance of houses being provided in Tiruvottriyur, many families from the Ernavoor temporary resettlement site were agitated that they had not been allotted homes yet.

Several women from Power House Kuppam in Ennore had gathered at the venue to criticise the allotment of homes.

“The temporary shelters at Ernavoor were demolished last week”, said Valarmathi, a resident of Power House kuppam.. She asked where they would stay till the Tiruvottriyur houses were built.

Revenue Department officials said that many of the temporary shelters provided at Ernavoor had to be demolished because families, who were not at all affected by the tsunami, had started occupying them.

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