Madras High Court Orders Fresh Inspection of Chennai Slum Resettlement Colonies

Madras High Court orders advocate commissioner to re-inspect four Chennai resettlement slum colonies to report on basic amenities provided to evicted slum dwellers. The court's decision comes after a 2017 petition filed by Pennurimai Iyakkam seeking in situ habitation for relocated slum dwellers.

author-image
Nitish Verma
New Update
Madras High Court Orders Fresh Inspection of Chennai Slum Resettlement Colonies

Madras High Court Orders Fresh Inspection of Chennai Slum Resettlement Colonies

The Madras High Court has directed an advocate commissioner to re-inspect four resettlement slum colonies in Chennai, including Perumbakkam, Navallur, Kudapakkam, and AIR Nagar, to report on the basic amenities provided to evicted slum dwellers. The order was passed by the first bench of Chief Justice SV Gangapurwala and Justice J Sathya Narayana Prasad on a 2017 petition filed by Pennurimai Iyakkam.

The petition sought in situ habitation for relocated slum dwellers to ensure their livelihood is not affected. Advocate commissioner K Elango was appointed in 2018 and inspected the colonies, but the counsel for the petitioner contested the claim that the relocated families had been provided with all necessary basic amenities and facilities.

Why this matters: The fate of slum dwellers in Chennai has far-reaching implications for urban poverty and social inequality, highlighting the need for policymakers to prioritize the welfare of marginalized communities. The court's decision could set a precedent for future slum rehabilitation projects, influencing the lives of thousands of people living in similar conditions across the city.

The court has now directed the advocate commissioner to visit the resettlement slum colonies, after issuing prior intimation to the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (currently TN Urban Habitat Development Board), and submit a fresh report on the facilities available for the families. Pennurimai Iyakkam's petition sought the court to direct the respondent authorities to rehabilitate slum dwellers in situ or resettle them in places close to their source of livelihood, and ensure relocated families have means of livelihood, access to education, basic primary health care, and security.

The resettlement of slum dwellers in Chennai has been a contentious issue for many years. Slum clearance and rehabilitation projects often face criticism for disrupting the lives and livelihoods of the urban poor by relocating them to the outskirts of the city, far from their places of work and social networks. The current case highlights the ongoing challenges in ensuring adequate living conditions and basic amenities for families in resettlement colonies.

The Madras High Court's order for a fresh inspection of the four resettlement colonies by the advocate commissioner aims to assess the ground reality and ensure that the evicted slum dwellers have access to essential facilities. The report submitted by the commissioner will play a crucial role in the court's decision on the future course of action to address the grievances raised in the petition by Pennurimai Iyakkam.

Key Takeaways

  • Madras High Court orders re-inspection of 4 Chennai slum colonies.
  • Advocate commissioner to report on basic amenities for evicted dwellers.
  • Petition sought in situ habitation to preserve livelihoods.
  • Court's decision may set precedent for future slum rehabilitation projects.
  • Fresh report to assess ground reality and ensure essential facilities.