Pune: Homes not ready, villagers may have to spend another year in shelters

Of 80 displaced families, only 67 will qualify for the houses, says administration

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Published:May 11, 2016 2:15 am
Ahead of the monsoon, the 80 permanent households for Malin are yet under construction. It will be two years since the Malin incident where the government was to give permanent settlements to the families of the deceased. Ahead of the monsoon, the 80 permanent households for Malin are yet under construction. It will be two years since the Malin incident where the government was to give permanent settlements to the families of the deceased.

TWO YEARS have passed since the Malin landslide tragedy and yet, the proposed permanent houses to the affected families remain a dream. Despite tall promises, it looks like the displaced families will have to wait for an additional year to get their permanent houses and until then, will have to continue residing in temporary shelters.

So far, only the basic slab work has been completed for one dwelling of the proposed 80 permanent shelters. Only 67 families will qualify, says administration. The July 30, 2014 tragedy, which killed 151, had the district administration ready with the compensation package that was initiated with shelters for the families followed by promises of permanent homes. The site for the said construction was decided to be at Aamade village.

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The administration had earlier put the number at 80 beneficiaries, but with there being some “litigation issues”, the administration brought it down to 13 families in its latest assessment. A meeting was undertaken by the Collector to review the overall progress of the rehabilitation work on Tuesday.

“There were several reasons for delay in the construction of these houses. One of them being a limited budget. With the government doling out only Rs 2 lakh, it was through formation of a society and help of NGOs that the budget figure rose to Rs 6.3 lakh per home. Compounding the problem, the contractors were not given the money to start work. Then there was water scarcity in the region,” said tehsildar Ambegaon BJ Gore. He said that the district collector has set a deadline of June 15 for completing the works, but meeting the deadline looks improbable.

Meanwhile, the villagers are upset over the slow progress. “We are upset as it has been a long wait. We are hoping that the work would be completed soon,” said sarpanch Digambar Bhalchim. “We should have completed all the work before the monsoon. With just a month left, we can only see cattlesheds and anganwadis completed,’’ added the sarpanch.

The rehabilitation work includes carrying out infrastructure work, which includes setting up schools, anganwadis, cattlesheds, busstops, roads, and drains.

Another government official said that the work commenced only in March and what created further hurdles were the difficulty in transport of material due to the hilly terrain. Also, now post monsoon, the constructions would have to stop. “The constructions will be carried out till the monsoons and then, it will be resumed only after that. So it is likely that only by the end of the year, the dwellings will be ready,’’ said the official.

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