After 35 years, government decides land allotted to slum dwellers was ‘mistake’

Many of these houses, across various informal settlements in the city, would soon be demolished.

For almost 40 years now, the families at Neduvankarai Pillayar Koil street have been living on land allocated to them by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB), incrementally expanding their houses over this time in the belief that the land belonged to them. Now, however, authorities have concluded that the allotment was a ‘mistake’. Many of these houses, across various informal settlements in the city, would soon be demolished.

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