CHENNAI: Taking the initiative to make Chennai a slum-free city by 2011, the Tamil Nadu government has started constructing several residential
complexes across the metropolis to rehabilitate slum-dwellers.
"Efforts are being taken by the Chennai Corporation in association with Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB), to ensure that Chennai will be slum-free within the next two years," Chennai Corporation Mayor M Subramaniam said.
He said the entire exercise would be carried out with the people's cooperation. "The plan will involve two aspects - resettling of people living along the city's waterways and those living along the coast," he added.
TNSCB officials said seven-storeyed complexes would also be constructed to rehabilitate slum-dwellers. The process of identifying slums had already begun and the tenements would be built under both the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Revenwal Mission and Chennai City River Conservation Project, they said.
Land acquisition for the new complexes had not posed a problem as there was enough government land available, officials said.