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Ezhil Nagar and Konnur High Road Fact Finding

As one of the first initiatives of the Transparent Cities Network, the team conducted a fact finding to determine the availability of infrastructure and services at a relocation site based on a request by our local partner Pennurimai Iyakkam.

In November 2014, there was an attempted eviction of a declared slum on Konnur High Road. The residents, with the assistance of Pennurimai Iyakkam (PI), challenged the eviction before the Madras High Court and got a stay order in their favour. In the proceedings before the court, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) submitted an affidavit regarding the infrastructure and services available in the relocation site at Ezhil Nagar. The contents of the affidavit appeared to be misleading, and an overestimation. To verify the claims of the TNSCB, PI requested us to conduct a fact-finding in April 2015.