COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board will construct three housing units in Coimbatore, two near Perur bypass at South Ukkadam and one at Variety Hall Road, to accommodate over 1,744 families within the city limit.

This includes the families who were forced to vacate their houses at CMC Colony because of the upcoming flyover at Ukkadam. The board has decided to rebuild two dilapidated housing units – one at CMC Colony in South Ukkadam and another at Variety Hall Road – and construct a third housing unit afresh at CMC Colony in the city.

About 737 families living at CMC Colony have been asked to vacate their houses to facilitate the construction of the Ukkadam–Athupalam flyover. Obliging to requests of the residents not to shift them to distant places, the board has said it will construct a new housing unit for them at the colony itself.

“A new housing unit would be constructed near the flyover for 492 families. Each house will be 400 square feet and the construction cost is Rs 9.5 lakh,” said a board official.

The housing unit will be completed in 18 months. The corporation has decided to provide its land near the sewage farm at Pullukadu for the residents to set up temporarily shelter during the construction period. A one-time payment of Rs 8,000 would be provided as shifting charges to the families once they vacate the houses, he added.

For the remaining 245 houses, the board has allotted flats at its housing units at Vellalore and Ukkadam. On Wednesday, Coimbatore south MLA Amman K Arjunan distributed tokens for alternative accommodation at the housing units to the residents at the Corporation higher secondary school at Okkiliyar Colony. Meanwhile, the board has floated tenders to demolish and reconstruct the decades-old housing unit at the CMC Colony. “Talks are being held to allow the residents to set up temporary shelter at Pullukadu itself,” the official said. The housing unit will have as many as 820 flats.

At the Variety Hall Road housing unit, the residents have been setting up temporary shelters at the corporation ground. “The reconstruction work will commence as soon as they vacate,” the official added. The housing unit has about 432 families.

A resident of CMC Colony, V Jothi said corporation officials had orally asked them to vacate but had not given them any specific deadline. “As most of us don’t have any work during the lockdown period, we have sought the assistance of a trust to help us set up a temporary shelter and they have agreed,” she added.



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