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37 p.c. of Aasare houses yet to be occupied in NK

Nagesh Prabhu
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Exactly four years ago — in September 2009 — floods in parts of 14 north Karnataka districts left 1.64 lakh people homeless. After much delay, the State government, with assistance from donors in several instances, constructed 51,030 houses under the Aasare scheme, but as many as 19,038 (37 per cent) of them remain unoccupied to this day.

There are complaints galore on the quality of construction, lack of basic amenities and distance of the new Aasare colonies from the native villages. Constructed houses have not been officially handed over in many cases. There were allegations that the survey conducted to assess the damage to houses and crop losses was itself faulty in several villages. Following the floods,... a total of 140 villages were identified to be shifted fully …

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