Hope for new home turns bitter for families

Houses allotted to them already belonged to others

bleak future: Alima Bi with her four-year-old daughter in front of the house allotted by city municipal council in Hassan.  dh photo

Along with her, 19 other families watched with dismay as their houses crumbled against the onslaught of earth-moving machines at night. However, they were hopeful that they would be able to move into new houses ­as promised by the CMC.

While 10 families were given alternative houses at S M Krishna Nagar, the remaining 10 were given title deeds of sites to build houses.

When the families, including Alima and her four-year-old daughter, arrived at S M Krishna Nagar, in the dead of the night, they were in for a rude shock. The houses allotted to them had been locked. They were actually owned by others, beneficiaries of Ashraya scheme. CMC officials had identified houses allotted under the Ashraya scheme, which were lying vacant and gave them to the people evicted near the railway gate.

By the time CMC officials broke open the locks, it was morning.

Even as new settlers entered their house, the ‘original’ owners arrived — demanding them to vacate the place. While many of the ‘original’ owners had left the houses vacant, there are a couple of genuine cases also.

Residents say the house where Alima moved into belonged to Marilingegowda, who had moved out because he wanted to renovate the house. At the same time, his son also fell ill, causing him to move to a relative’s house in the city. Meanwhile, the CMC thought the house was vacant and gave it to Alima. Residents are sympathetic at the fate of ‘original’ owner and the new ‘settler’, wondering if the CMC would listen to their case.

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