Borewell sunk for displaced Irulars
By Our Staff Reporter
KANCHEEPURAM, NOV. 30. The Forest department has sunk a borewell at the Irulars' hamlet at Chettipunyam near Chengalpattu as part of its welfare measures for people living adjoining the Forest land under the Japanese-aided Tamil Nadu Afforestation programme (TAP).
The 40-odd families belonging to the Irular Scheduled Tribe community were displaced from their earlier hamlet near Sunguvarchathiram, as they had encroached upon that piece of land.
After eviction they were provided alternate land at Chettipunyam near Paranur in between the railway line and the reserve forest area.
They had been living there for over six months without power supply and other basic amenities, including water. They had to cross the railway line for bathing and washing their clothes. As far as drinking water was concerned, they were at the mercy of private companies in the area.
They approached the District Collector, Mr. K. Sukumaran, and presented a petition. The District Forest Department, which was involved in implementing the TAP in the district, decided to provide the hamlet with drinking water initially.
The department was in close coordination with the district administration to provide electricity to the village, the District Forest Officer, Mr. Sankaran said.
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