Chennai residents protest eviction drive

Irked by resettlement 21 kms away.

Chennai: Traffic suffered at the Manimanagalam-Mudichur road junction on Friday morning as around 300 residents protested against the eviction drive while refusing the resettlement sought to be provided by Kancheepuram district administration.

Located on the banks of the Adyar river which submerged Mudichur and Tambaram during the recent floods, residents of Varadarajapuram in Sriperumbudur taluk of Kancheepuram were aggravated over the biometric enumeration to allot alternative residences.

“The allotted houses in Tharapanancherry are 21 kilometres from the current locality. It is not easy to abandon the locality which is our home for more than 30 years,” said Gnana C, a resident.

None of us would go to those poor quality houses. We built these houses with debt, echoed another resident.

Police officials along, with the tahsildar, sympathised with residents on their plight and temporarily stopped the eviction.

Talking to DC, Tahsildar of Sriperumbudur said they are following Madras HC directions in clearing the encroachments.

“The settlement lies on the water course of the Adyar river and it has to be evicted. Slum Clearance board is taking measures on civic amenities in their new settlement,” she added.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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