THE MALIN landslide tragedy-hit villagers, who were to be given permanent houses around Diwali, will have to wait a little longer.
With rains slowing down the rehabilitation process, only 12 units out of the 64 are ready. The Public Works Department (PWD) officials, who did a check on the status of work on Monday, found that there is a lag in work and the Diwali deadline for completion of projects would have to be further extended to December.
The officials said that the work got delayed during the rainy season and will soon pick up now that the monsoon has withdrawn.
“The work is picking up and we have prepared six blocks, which has 12 units as per the plan. We should finish work by end of this year and should be able to rehabilitate villagers by then,’’ said a PWD engineer.
Meanwhile, a cattleshed, a gram panchayat office and a bus stop have been completed. The Malin landslide-affected people have been living in temporary shelters after the tragedy struck them in July 2014. The houses constructed in Aamade village have been constructed using Aluform Technology, which reduces chances of onsite mishaps, making it one of the safest systems for building constructions available.
The constructions have been reviewed by the state government. The best technology is being used for permanent shelters for those affected by the tragedy. The technology involves efficient, light-weight and flexible material, and cuts down on the need for brickwork, concrete leakage and use of construction equipment.
There would be 64 permanent shelters in the proposed settlement, which is coming up at Aamade village, close to Malin. The settlement would also have a primary school, water tank, gram panchayat office and a healthcare centre. Each family would get 450 sq ft. The landslide on July 30, 2014, had killed 151 people.