Govt follows dual policy, allege residents

“On the one hand, the government is shedding crocodile tears for poor and is creating awareness on Ashraya scheme, Vasathi scheme and other housing schemes. On the other hand, the government has asked the poor to pay a huge amount to avail title deeds for those houses which have been built on the government land,” they said.

The 16 families which had built houses on the government land at Kulai several years ago are anxious over their future. The Revenue department of the Mangalore taluk office has issued a notice to all the families to pay a hefty amount, anywhere between Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000, to get the title deeds.

As per the government rules, if the houses were built in city limits and are within 600 square foot then the authorities should give title deeds free of cost. However, at Kulai, all the 16 houses come within 600 square foot and have been directed to pay the value of the land before availing the title deeds within two weeks. 

Maria Richard who owns a house in 368 square foot land has been asked to pay a sum of Rs 42,320 to get the title deed. Prameela, whose house is 228 square foot has been asked to pay a sum of Rs 26,220, while Sunanda has been asked to pay a sum of Rs 55,660 for building a house which is 484 square foot. Appi owns a house which is 520 square foot and has to pay a sum of Rs 59,800 to get the title deeds.

“We earn our living by working as labourers. How will we pay the money to avail the title deeds?” asked residents.

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