The 130 houses belonging to the underprivileged were constructed more than 60 years ago around the moat at Keezh Alangam locality. As the houses were constructed on the encroached lands situated on the banks of the moat, Thanjavur Corporation had instructed the settlements to vacate the houses several months ago.
As the moat was set to be renovated as a part of the smart city project, the corporation had again notified the residents to move the house as soon as possible a few days ago. Apartments were allotted to the residents at Pillaiyarpatti to rehabilitate the evictees. A few residents opposed the move as they stated that Pillaiyarpatti was far from the city.
However, revenue divisional officer Suresh, tahsildar, Arunagiri and other revenue department officials reached the spot and informed the general public about the eviction process on Wednesday. Soon, excavators were brought to the spot and the houses were demolished. “There is a proposal regarding the development of moat, which is under progress. Prior to this, we are removing the encroachments in phased manner. As rehabilitation settlement, we have provided apartment to the residents of all 130 houses. The residents were given the key to their new apartments today,” Thanjavur corporation commissioner-in-charge P Kalimuthu told.