Removing of ‘Encroachments’ Begin on Santhome Loop Road Amidst Opposition from Locals

Corporation of Chennai begins removal of shops and houses on Santhome Loop Road as part of the Loop Road Improvement Project. This uniformed move gave rise to opposition from the fishing community.  Photo- K Saravanan, The Coastal Resource Centre
Corporation of Chennai begins removal of shops and houses on Santhome Loop Road as part of the Loop Road Improvement Project. This uniformed move gave rise to opposition from the fishing community.
Photo- K Saravanan, The Coastal Resource Centre
Residents Present when the Corporation Begins Work on Removing Shops and Houses deemed as encroachments Photo- K Saravanan, The Coastal Resource Centre
Residents Present when the Corporation Begins Work on Removing Shops and Houses deemed as encroachments
Photo- K Saravanan, The Coastal Resource Centre

Locals Oppose Removal of Encroachments – The Hindu 8th March 2015

Fish vendors, hawkers and traders of new commercial units that have sprung up on the Marina Loop Road on Saturday thwarted Chennai Corporation’s move to remove encroachments on the 2.8-km stretch from Light House to Foreshore Estate.

A number of people gathered on Marina Loop Road as officials started removing encroachments on the road for the makeover. Owing to resistance, Chennai Corporation officials stopped removing the encroachments.

“The road project should not affect our livelihood. We need to cross the road to reach the sea. Heavy traffic may affect livelihood and increase accidents,” said Murugan, a resident of Nochikuppam. A number of children from fishing settlements have reportedly sustained injuries after traffic increased on Marina Loop Road. V. Ravi, another resident, said the widening of the Marina Loop Road has also led to increase in commercial activity in the past few weeks and was affecting livelihood of fishermen.

It is proposed to turn the stretch into a well laid-out link road with features and amenities that can match world standards.

At least 50 shops including hotels, welding works and hairdressers have sprung up on the road in the past few weeks. In addition to the shops, fish vendors have encroached upon the road. Chennai Corporation has planned to construct a fish market in an alternative locality to resettle the vendors. It has requested Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) for 139 houses for alternative accommodation for encroachers on the road. TNSCB officials said they were not informed of encroachments removal.

– Staff Reporter for the Hindu.

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