Wait continues for a roof over their heads

Flood-affected families concerned over slow pace of construction

Wait continues for a roof over their heads


The work needs to be completed before the onset of the rainy season. But by the looks of it, it seems impossible since all that the Government has managed is to lay the foundation stone for the houses.

Given the sorry state of affairs, hundreds of people continue to live in the temporary sheds that they were shifted into soon after the floods. With summer at its peak, needless to say that the families are struggling.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had promised to construct 15,350 houses at the relocated sites in all the five taluks in the district and complete the rehabilitation of the displaced families before the end of April.
However, till now only 100 houses have been completed and at Dongarampur village of Raichur taluk. But none of these houses have been allotted to the displaced.

Progress so far
In Raichur, the district administration had decided to shift 54 villages, including 14 of them partially. For this purpose, 1,355 acres of land was required.
Apart from the 100 acres of government land, 850 acres were acquired from private land owners and 405 acres are yet to be acquired. Layout formation has been finalised for 42 villages out of the total of 54 that are to be relocated.

Land is yet to be identified for relocating Chicksugur, Heggasnahalli and Wadlur villages in Raichur taluk. The government has released Rs 37 crore to the district administration for the purchase of land, but has not committed itself to the construction work. Instead, the task has been assigned to private agencies and donors. Fourteen agencies have agreed to construct 10,464 houses across the district and seven have commenced work.
Mata Amruthanandamayi mutt was the first to complete constructing 100 houses near Dongarampura village here. Construction of 1,041 houses is yet to begin near Kurvakala and Atkur in Raichur taluk. Bangalore-based CISCO system, which had agreed to construct 3,990- houses, will now construct only 3,600 houses. They have backtracked on their promise citing construction costs.

HOPE foundation has commenced work on construction of 150 houses for the displaced families from Jagir Venkatapur in Raichur taluk. Ramakrishna Mutt, Bangalore, is constructing 232 houses for the displaced at Chintamanadoddi in Sindhanur taluk.
Katta Foundation and Kammavari Sangha will  construct 1,048 houses and 493 houses respectively. While all these numbers look impressive, they continue to remain on paper thanks to the snail’s pace of work.
DH News Service

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