The slum on Kailasamudali Street has been in existence for many years now and residents of another part of the slum were allotted houses by the TN Slum Clearance Board. However, 470 families still live in thatched houses, without any basic amenities.
The houses in the slum are tightly packed and sanitation facilities are poor. Space to construct toilets and septic tanks is often not available between houses. The residents have been asking the Corporation to set up drainage connections so that they can at least construct toilets near houses. If there is a sewage network, septic tanks can be done away with.
“At present, we are using the community toilet near our slum and the single toilet caters to 470 families. If we are provided drainage connections, we can construct toilets on our own and can avoid using community toilets,” said Neela, a 36-year-old resident of the slum.
She said there was no proper water connection in the slum and people found it tough to get water for washing clothes and other chores. The residents got drinking water in 20-litre cans and used it for cooking too.
The plight of slum residents gets bad during rainy days as snakes and other reptiles are often seen on the streets. “There was a fire accident in the slum in 2011 in which all the houses were destroyed. Officials and Ministers promised that the residents will be given proper houses built by the TN Slum Clearance Board. But so far, no action has been taken,” said Kalaimani, another resident.
He said the residents feared burglars and in the past week alone seven mobile phones went missing in their slum. The officials should soon allot houses to the residents, Kalaimani said.
The Zonal official said the board has collected details of the residents and the work on the houses was likely to start soon. Recently, a building was constructed by the board and they were mulling another building nearby, the official said.
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