CHENNAI: Greater than 2,000 households of casual settlements within the state, together with 435 in Chennai, have been evicted over the past seven months of the lockdown, in response to a report by NGO Housing and Land Rights Community (HLRN).
The report mentioned lots of the evictions have been carried out with out prior notices or resettlement leaving individuals susceptible to contracting the virus.
A lot of the evictions have been carried out in Chennai, Erode, and Coimbatore, largely for restoring water our bodies between March 15 and October 31. In all, 220 households have been moreover evicted from Padikuppam Rail Nagar, close to Mogappeir on Thursday.
Company and slum clearance board officers mentioned the evictions have been carried out to forestall monsoon flooding and the households have been all allotted homes to maintain them secure from publicity to the virus.
However an evaluation by the Info and Useful resource Centre for the Disadvantaged City Communities (IRCDUC) mentioned that greater than 80% evictions are carried out throughout the monsoon, making households susceptible to flooding and now the virus.
“Evictions carried out throughout the pandemic with out satisfactory session with the households previous to the demolition have severely affected their proper to dignified existence. Insufficient resettlement with no entry to instant livelihood assist has additional elevated their vulnerabilities,” mentioned Vanessa Peter, coverage researcher of IRCDUC.
A UN particular rapporteur on the precise to satisfactory housing throughout Covid-19 has urged states to ban evictions till the top of the pandemic. It has as a substitute requested to supply the individuals with satisfactory security and fundamental facilities and strengthen native communities to allow them to work successfully in addressing the pandemic.
Shivani Chaudhry, govt director of HLRN mentioned rendering individuals homeless at any time is a gross violation of their human rights, however throughout this pandemic, it constitutes a direct assault on their proper to life.