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In flood-hit Saharsa, a pink village is rising

Gulam Sada, Pano Sada and Shankar Sada will soon move into their new, pink-coloured, one-room houses....

Written by Santosh Singh | Shahpur Mushahari (saharsa) |
January 3, 2009 12:05:15 am

Gulam Sada, Pano Sada and Shankar Sada will soon move into their new, pink-coloured, one-room houses. By February, over 250 families of Shahpur Mushahari in Saharsa who lost their hutments in the flood in August will get possession of their first pucca houses—all built by the Haryana government.

Shahpur Mushahari is the first village in the State to get a post-flood rehabilitation project. The Bihar government, which got its Haryana counterpart to carry out the Rs 1.25-crore project in the Dalit village, is now wating for a special grant from the Centre.

A community hall, a Saraswati temple, six solar lamps, as many common tubewells and a 2,500-metre road are going to make Shahpur look distinct. Said Jagdish Sada: “We never thought we would be picked. When no other village has had houses being rebuilt, it is a good to see our homes come up.”

Eight masons have come from Haryana and dozens of masons and labourers have been hired locally. The project in-charge Jasbir Singh and his deputy Vinod Dahiya are overseeing the construction. Dahiya said while the budget was not a problem, there was was an attempt to optimise it, but not at the cost of safety.

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