Jaya allots houses for people who lost homes in Chennai floods

  • PTI, Chennai
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2015 19:47 IST
A flood-affected couple sits along a flooded roadside under a picture of CM Jayalalithaa. (REUTERS File Photo)

Starting the process of resettling people who had lost their hutments in Chennai during the recent floods, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday issued orders allotting houses for them.

The government has also announced that families that relocate would get an allowance of Rs 5000 to for shifting expenses. Also, a monthly sustenance dole of Rs 2,500 for a year, job training for youth and recruitment camps for them will be held to help young men and women in families that had lost their houses.

Jayalalithaa issued the orders allocating the houses to five beneficiaries at the secretariat as a token of allotment of 10,000 houses at Okkiam Thuraipakkam and Perumbakkam in Chennai.

The present allotment was for those who had lost their hutments along River Adyar in recent floods. The construction work of 10,000 houses is complete and it was done through the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, an official release said.

Jayalalithaa had announced permanent houses for those living along Adyar and Cooum rivers and Buckingham Canal. The initiative was also intended to facilitate free flow of rain water in such waterways.

The CM had announced building 50,000 houses under the ‘Housing for All Scheme’ and 50,000 houses through the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. TNSCB, in the first phase, has completed building 10,000 houses and it has all facilities including power supply, drinking water, sewage connections, roads and storm water drain, school, healthcare centre and bus facilities, the release added.

The government said those shifting to the new area would be provided food and drinking water for the first three days. Also, effecting change of address in ration cards, enrolling students in schools would be done immediately.

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