They claimed they were residing there for over 25 years and held Aadhaar and ration cards, and voter IDs in that address. They also said that around 1,000 families there had no power and water connection, and that many school children will suffer if they were relocated. The locals claimed they had even petitioned the Ambattur MLA and the CMO.
Ambattur tahsildar NS Sirajbabu told DT Next that the PWD issued the notice in February and that the process of collecting bio-metrics will be held in Moogambigai Nagar, Gangai Nagar, SS Nagar and Antony Nagar extension. He said that 587 encroachers will be given alternative housing in Perumbakkam by the SCB. Later, he assured the locals a meeting with the Chennai Collector.
Meanwhile, over 100 women staged a protest on Wednesday against a Tasmac shop opened recently at Avadi, saying that the presence of a liquor shop would turn the area unsafe. They claimed that the area had schools, temples and gas godowns nearby, and that women were harassed by drunken men since the shop opened.