Chidambaram to launch works on 'Asare' houses today

65 flood-ravaged villages in Bagalkot will be relocated

Chidambaram to launch works on 'Asare' houses today


Her village will be shifted completely to a safer place and she will get a new home, where the deadly floods of Malaprabha cannot reach.

Like Sharanavva, residents of several other villages situated on the banks of Malaprabha, Krishna and Ghataprabha rivers and have been facing the threat of flood every year are a happy lot now. They will be relocated to a safer place and the work will commence with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram performing Bhoomi Pooja on Monday.

The Karnataka government in collaboration with mutts, industrialists and philanthropists has decided to shift 65 villages, frequently prone to flood havoc in the district.
Some of them will be shifted partially and some other completely. As many as  twenty-five villages will be shifted in the first phase.
One village in Bagalkot taluk, 13 in Badami, three in Hungund, four in Mudhol and two each in Jamkhandi and Bilagi taluk will be moved to the new locations.

Work on war footing
The district administration is working on a war footing to acquire around 500 acre of land needed to construct 5,050 houses in the first phase.
The process of taking over land in eight villages has been completed and the process of buying land and registration in other villages is going on a  fast track.
The officials said that the State government has plans to build a total of 16,000 houses in one of the worst affected districts in the recent flood.
Construction of shelters with the help of donors will begin as soon as the land is acquired, they added.

The district administration is using the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) to provide basic amenities and create infrastructure facilities in the flood-hit areas.
This has given a momentum to the rehabilitation process.

Bhoomi pooja today
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will perform Bhoomi Pooja for ‘Asare,’ an ambitious housing project taken up by the Government in partnership with the private parties to provide a permanent solution to the flood-hit people, at Shirbadagi in Badami taluk on November 2 at 10 am.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will inaugurate the function and Badami legislator M K Pattanshetty will preside over the programme.

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