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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Swampy roads in Trichy impact property value badly – ET RealEstate

TRICHY: The poor condition of a few residential roads in Trichy city has started affecting the property value in the corresponding. Citing the poor conditions of roads, which were dug for underground drainage (UGD) and drinking water projects, property owners find it difficult to find tenants even after reducing the rental value.

For the past two years, work on UGD and drinking water projects are continuing in the added wards covering parts of Thiruverumbur falling under Ponmalai zone. As the recent rainfall has made the roads swampy, the property owners in the area claimed that they struggle to find tenants for the vacant houses.

“Due to the bad roads, a private bank functioning at a house has moved out. The bad approach roads are a spoiler for residents who are looking for renting or leasing out their houses,” Sathik Basha, a resident of Thiruverumbur, said. Several houses remain unoccupied for months in Amman Nagar, SAS Nagar and Gokula Nagar falling under ward 63 in Kattur on the Trichy-Thanjavur NH.

The property owners who were forced to reduce the house rent due to the pandemic had to further slash the rent owing to the bad condition of approach roads, residents at Thiruverumbur said. Residents said that the civic body has been ignoring their demands to lay a temporary road using gravel mixture.

The restoration work is one of the mandatory components in the contract signed between Trichy Corporation and the private contractor in executing the work. Although installation of pipelines is complete in Thiruverumbur, the damaged roads are yet to be repaired.

“We have sanctioned Rs 40 lakh for repairing the roads, the residential roads in Thiruverumbur will be covered under the maintenance work,” a senior corporation official said.

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