Jayalalithaa's residence in Chennai's Poes garden — Veda Nilayam— has been decided to turn into a public memorial. The project got a green signal from the city's District Collectorate on Wednesday.
It is learnt that the decision came soon after the final settlement of all legal cases in the Madras High Court. A report of the District Collectorate, which highlights the concerns of the residents of Poes Garden, has been made public.
Earlier, there was stringent opposition to this project from the 31 residents of the affluent neighbourhood of Poes Garden. Their major fear was that the project would breach their privacy.
"Some of the residents of the Poes Garden expressed that if they could get the same concern, security and care when the former Chief Minister was alive by the Government of Tamil Nadu then there will not be any problem," the report of the District Collectorate said. The report also acknowledged that the concerns of the residents of Poes Garden need to be addressed.
In August 2018, Tamil Nadu Edapaddi K Palaniswami had announced that Amma's Veda Nilayam would be converted into a memorial. However, Jayalalithaa's niece and nephew — Deepa and Deepak Jayakumar — filed a case seeking to declare them as her legal heirs, stalling the process. Their case is still pending in court.