One person was injured when the first floor landing in a dilapidated block of Slum Clearance Board built flats in Nattan Thottam, Mylapore gave way and collapsed on Thursday night.
Board officials and local police arrived at the spot and took stock of the situation.
Nattan Thottam is a colony alongside the Buckingham Canal ( on its eastern side) , close to Thiruvalluvar Temple.
Residents here say that there were some 250 families residing in the four blocks built in the late 1970s. Most moved out this year after a final agreement with the TN Urban Habitat Development Board to redevelop the colony.
But some 40 families continued to reside in the dilapidated flats and exposed themselves to danger. Thursday night’s incident was said to be the first such. Now, Board officials will persuade the residents to move out.
Members of the local campus community sangam here say that on March 30, agreements from the Board will be handed over to each eligible family who resided here.
Though a re-development plan was agreed some years ago when R. Nataraj was the MLA, they were put on hold due to the pandemic. Also, sangam members say there was a disagreement on the plinth area for each flat; this issue has been settled now, they say.