Areas located around 40km from the city are best suited, say experts. While presence of employment hubs in the industrial and information technology sector is contributing to the traction in the southern periphery, rail and road connectivity, ample educational institutions and healthcare facilities are a major advantage on the western fringes.
When contacted, a Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority official said steps would be taken to address the issues, especially since boundaries of the Chennai Metropolitan Area were set for expansion.
“It is not viable for the government to acquire private land for housing projects in the light of the Land Acquisition Act. The hurdles of those promoting affordable housing would be resolved by framing necessary housing and urban development rules,” the official added.