Construction work on the long-overdue third phase of the Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme at Karimadom Colony has begun. While no formal inaugural ceremony was held, the Corporation set about demolishing the remaining dwellings in the area to make way for construction of the new flats here on Thursday.

The implementation of the project here became complicated primarily because the new flats are not being built on vacant land.

The dwellings of residents here have to be demolished first.

Financial support

The blocks are being built with the financial support of the Union government.

A temporary shelter or rehabilitation block for families who had no other accommodation options was readied a few months ago, but a toilet block and kitchen was inaugurated only on Tuesday by Mayor K. Chandrika.

Nine blocks

Corporation standing committee chairpersons Palayam Rajan, V.S. Padmakumar, and S. Pushpalatha were also present. Nine blocks would be built under the third phase, each of which consisted of 20 units.

180 families

In total, 180 families would be housed here. The Centre for Science and Technology for Rural Development (COSTFORD) is the construction agency and the work is expected to be over in 10 months. The same organisation had built flats under phases I and II.