Tamil Nadu slum residents want maintenance fee waived – ET RealEstate

CHENNAI: Struggling to make ends meet due to the pandemic, residents of Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) tenements in Navalur, Gudapakkam and Perumbakkam have requested authorities to waive off their monthly maintenance amount during the lockdown.

Every month, they are supposed to pay Rs 750 for building maintenance. But since the lockdown, these families, many of whom are daily wagers, are finding paying the fee a Herculean task.

“I hardly get about ?2,500 a month, in that I need to pay for my child’s school and my mother’s medicines. On top of it, they demand this amount. How is it reasonable?” asked T Kalaivizhi, a resident of Navalur tenements.

Other residents alleged that officials are now demanding that they pay off all the outstanding maintenance by next month.

“We didn’t pay for more than seven months last month, this year we re-started. We already have debts to clear due to the lockdown,” said Mercy Rani, a student from Perumbakkam.

A study conducted by the Information and Resource Centre for the Deprived Urban Communities (IRCDUC) and the Housing and Land Rights Network last month revealed that no formal announcement was made by the government regarding the extension of payment for rent and maintenance fee for houses in these tenements for the months of May, June, and July 2020.

The state government had made a formal announcement regarding the extension of dates for payment of the fee for the houses constructed only by the TNHB, while TNSCB was not included in it. As there was no formal announcement regarding the extension of dates for payment of rent people in the resettlement sites were worried about paying especially in the absence of any income.

While they have appealed to the board to waive off the amount or atleast extend the dates by a few months, they are yet to receive any response.

Managing director of TNSCB Kirlosh Kumar did not respond to any calls or texts and also refused to reveal any details in this matter when TOI visited him.



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Trichy: Beneficiaries wait as slum board yet to hand over high-rise flats – ET RealEstate

TRICHY: Though the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) completed its first high-rise residential project in Trichy more than a year ago, the facility is yet to be handed over to the beneficiaries.

The residential complex at Puthur’s Vannarapettai, which is furnished with amenities on a par with gated communities including lifts, 24-hour power backup and green space, remains unoccupied leaving the beneficiaries in the lurch.

TNSCB projects in Trichy so far were non-high-rise buildings with the height of the complexes falling below 18.3 metres. Vannarapettai project with six blocks built at a cost of Rs 30 crore measures about 80 feet in height.

With seven floors, there are 384 identical dwelling units in the complex each having a floor space of 400 square feet.

While the work on the structure was completed in October 2019, TNSCB is yet to hand over the site to the beneficiaries identified by a committee comprising revenue and TNSCB officials.

Underground drainage and drinking water connections were given by the Trichy Corporation recently. But, electricity connection is yet to be facilitated. The work on the project was launched in June 2017.

As per the proposal, the residential complex must have been brought to use by January 2019.

Even though a couple of years have passed since the deadline, the site still remains unoccupied as TNSCB cites Covid-19 pandemic for the delay.

“We will expedite measures to get electricity connection. By the end of February, we are sure that the complex will be handed over to the beneficiaries,” a TNSCB official said.



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Residents of TNSCB tenements stage protest in Coimbatore – ET RealEstate

COIMBATORE: Residents of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board‘s (TNSCB) housing unit at Malumichampatti on the city outskirts of Coimbatore staged a road roko on Wednesday demanding that the board provide a sufficient quantity of water on a regular basis. Residents said they have been facing water shortage for the past six months.

“Around two years ago, when we moved here, non-potable water was supplied twice a day and portable water was also supplied daily,” said Manikandan, a resident. “Non-potable water is now supplied for an hour in a day, and portable water is supplied once in two to three days,” he added.

They last received water on Monday. “In a housing unit that has about 1440 flats and over 2500 people, how fair it is to supply water just for one hour a day?”, he asked.

“As the water is supplied during the afternoon hours, it does not even last till the morning. Some even visit their relatives’ house to bathe,” he explained.

“Whenever the issue is escalated, TNSCB officials would send three to four trucks of water and forget about the issue until we raise our concern again,” said S Danushkodi, president of residents’ welfare association. The situation is worsening as more families began moving about six months ago, he added.

Families from five areas including Eachanari, Ukkadam, and Kumarasamy Nagar moved here, after the local bodies had demolished their houses which were constructed either on government land or along the water.

An official from TNSCB said, “We have eight borewells in the housing unit site. As the underground water level has reduced over a period of time, a sufficient quantity of water is not obtained from the borewells. We are in talks with the panchayat authorities to dig two borewells on the panchayat land. Once additional borewells are dug, their problem would be resolved.”

“In the case of drinking water, we have been supplying 50% more than the allotted quantity,” he added.



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