Chennai, Tamil Nadu: Demolition Leaves 30,000 Homeless

What is affected
Land Social/public
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 23 November 2006
Region A [ Asia ]
Country India
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu1

Affected persons

Total 30000
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution Prosecution of perpetrators and reparations for victims.
Details IAI - Forced evictions in Chennai (Madras) – Demolition renders 30,000 homeless in Tamil Nadu, India.htm

Forced eviction
Housing losses
- Number of homes
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative The people who were living in the Porur Lake area were forcefully evicted without any prior notification or announcement. Between 23 and 25 of November 2006 police personnel arrived in large number with earth movers and bulldozers to demolish all the settlements. It was particularly shocking for these people that such a thing could happen when all government officials had promised them full facilities and when the area had already been provided with a full electricity supply, a sub post office, and public call offices.

People had no time to remove their valuables from their houses, and have lost all the household materials which they had accumulated over many years. Some people were not even able to take their children’s certificates. A three-year-old girl fell into the water and died, and two people died of heart attacks.
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