Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board a pioneer institution for
development and rehabilitation of urban slums was set up in 1970 with the
motto 'God, we shall see, in the smile of the poor '
for the clearance and improvement of urban slum areas in Tamil Nadu. It has
been implementing various Housing, Slum Improvement and Rehabilitation and
Resettlement schemes to ameliorate the living conditions of the slum
dwellers in Tamil Nadu.
The three pronged strategy for developing / clearing slums followed by
Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board are:
i) In-situ plotted development and infrastructure
Wherever in-situ development is feasible, such slums are
identified and taken up for in-situ improvement for provision of basic
facilities to make the areas habitable and for provision of tenurial rights
to the occupiers after getting the land transferred to the Tamil Nadu Slum
ii) In-situ tenemental schemes
The slums located in unobjectionable poramboke areas,
wherein equitable distribution of space to all is not feasible, are cleared
and tenemental schemes put up.
Rehabilitation and Resettlement scheme
Wherever neither tenemental nor insitu development is
feasible, (as in the case of objectionable porambokes like water ways
etc.,) Rehabilitation and Resettlement in tenements in nearby locations
with necessary infrastructure is taken up. The cleared site is then
restored to its original use.
i) Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board has provided support to
individual housing schemes under different programmes like VAMBAY, Rajiv
Gandhi Rehabilitation Package etc.,
ii) To ensure holistic development and economic upliftment
of the poor, the Board has spear-headed community development activities in
the slums, under which it imparts vocational training and livelihood
support, specially for the youth and women.