A block of a residential complex, housing 24 apartments, collapsed here on Monday, reducing buildings to a huge mound of rubble. No casualties were reported as residents left their apartments hours before the collapse after noticing widening cracks inside their homes. However, household appliances and household items were buried in the rubble.
A cloud of dust emerged as the building collapsed and anxious residents invaded the area. Police, firefighters and rescuers rushed to locate and cordoned off the area. Backhoe loaders were deployed by the authorities to clear the rubble. Some residents reported losing household items and consumer durables. The collapsed block was part of a large residential complex in Thiruvotriyur in northern Chennai, developed in 1993 by the TN Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB).
Chief Minister MP Stalin ordered alternative housing solutions and Rs 1 lakh aid to each of the 24 affected families, according to an official statement.
The CM said he had asked the authorities to identify the old structures and take appropriate security measures to prevent a recurrence of such an incident. Tha Mo Anbarasan, Minister of Rural Industries, who holds the TNUHBD portfolio, inspected the scene and interacted with affected residents, who have been provided with food and accommodation elsewhere.
The block, which is part of a state-developed housing complex, was built in 1993, the minister said and blamed the previous AIADMK regime for failing to take any action to demolish the dilapidated buildings and build new buildings. new structures. The chief minister ordered those affected to be offered alternative accommodation. Soon, they will be allocated housing, ” he said. A team of experts has been appointed to check the structural stability of the other adjacent blocks of the housing complex, he said, adding that appropriate follow-up action would be taken, based on the results.
If the team recommends alternative housing for residents who live near the collapsed block, they will also be provided with housing (by the government). An allowance of Rs 1.27 crore was made to carry out repairs to dilapidated structures (in the northern housing complex of Chenani). was brought to the attention of Chief Minister Stalin, he ordered to provide new houses for people living in such apartments, as a result of the gradual demolition of old structures. For 2021-22, an allocation of Rs 2,500 crore has been made by Stalin for the construction of 7,500 new apartment complexes.
All dilapidated apartment buildings, constructed and allocated to beneficiaries by government agencies in Chennai, would be demolished and rebuilt within five years and Rs 125 crore was set aside to renovate / renovate old apartments in Chennai, the minister said.
In September 2021, the government renamed the TN Slum Clearance Board, created in 1970, to TNUHDB.
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