Eviction Mapping

Conducted as part of the Transparent Cities Network, the aim of the eviction mapping exercise is to record information on the evictions of slums and informal settlements that have occurred in Chennai between 2005 and 2015, to draw attention to the adverse effects of these evictions, and more broadly, to draw attention to unjust land policies in the city.

There is no official and comprehensive record of the evictions that take place in Chennai because they are carried out by different city and state departments, and for a range of projects. As a result evictions are an invisible injustice, felt only by those men, women, and children whose homes, lives, and communities are demolished. To bring visibility to these evictions, we conducted this study on evictions in Chennai in the last decade.