Revenue Deputy Commissioner Vasanth Kumar who visited the residents along with City Municipal Council Commissioner Umakanth and Tahsildar Poornima gave a patient hearing to the residents’ articulation of their fears and apprehensions.
“You people are facing the prospect of losing your homes. Your problems have been brought to the notice of the Central and State ministers. They have promised to take appropriate action. And hence we are here to listen to your grievances, the officials told the residents.
The residents were, however bitter. “We are set to lose as many as 150 houses to the railway expansion. Even if we are alternative accommodation, we are not sure of getting good housing. Nor are we sure of early action,” residents told the officials.
“If you are concerned about us, do not make us, the poor, homeless. If you are really concerned, get the railway line shifted. Do not harass us unnecessarily,” the residents pleaded.
Vasanth Kumar promised that the residents would be given priority in rehabilitation and that there would be no delay in rehabilitation. He also promised that the residents’ opinions would be considered. He further promised that there would be talks with the residents before the acquisiton and rehabilitation process began. Talks would also be held with Minister for Railway K H Muniyappa who would be visiting the town soon.