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Bad weather hits construction of houses for flood victims

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HALF-WAY: Houses being constructed for flood victims in Wade village in Bijapur district have remained incomplete.
HALF-WAY: Houses being constructed for flood victims in Wade village in Bijapur district have remained incomplete.

Though many private organisations were keen on constructing 2,134 houses for the November 2009 flood victims in the initial stages, they started withdrawing their proposals one after the other gradually owing to technical reasons.

To avoid further delay in the construction of houses, the Government allotted work to different departments a few months ago.

However, now the officials and the contractors involved in are struggling to complete the work in the stipulated time owing to bad climatic conditions and lack of other requirements.

Speaking to The Hindu, Nirmithi Kendra Project Manager J.N. Malgi said that the district administration handed over the responsibility of constructing 920 houses to the kendra five months ago.

Of these, 269 houses are in Takali, 208 in Wade, 149 in Agarkhed, 55 in Nagarhalli, 101 in Bhunyar, 98 in Khedagi and 40 houses in Miragi village.

Though there were plans to complete work by the end of December this year, there would be a delay of one month as there is continuous rainfall in and around these villages and the condition of roads is not up to the mark for transportation of construction material.

“As the roads are congested and also damaged owing to continuous rainfall, heavy vehicles find it difficult to pass through these roads,” he added.

Of the 920 houses, only 115 houses have been constructed up to the lintel level and the remaining houses are at different stages of construction. As the district administration handed over the responsibility of constructing 98 houses in Khedagi and 40 houses at Miragi one month ago, these houses are still at the excavation and plinth level, he said.

To avoid delay in transportation of construction material to the sites through the congested and damaged roads, the officers have been instructed to temporarily dump the material at different points from where it can be shifted to the sites, he added.

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