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With monsoon nearing, residents are a worried lot

64 of the 89 houses completedAnother Rs. 78 lakhs needed to complete workDelay due to change in design

HASSAN: People of Dyapalapura village in Salagame hobli of

Hassan taluk, who lost their houses in the violence of October 2004, hope that the new houses being built by Government are handed over before the monsoon.

Following the murder of Congress leader and member of Hassan City

Municipal Council B.G. Girija Shankar and his friend Jayaprakash on October 11, 2004, around 2,000 people set fire to houses and other property at Dyapalapura. As people had fled the village that night fearing an attack, there were no casualties. The mob also attacked the neighbouring village of Nittoor. A dispute over a temple issue between people of Dyapalapura and those of adjacent Haravanahalli, led to the incidents. Police later confirmed that the feud between two sub-castes of the Vokkaliga community, Mullu and Dasa Vokkaliga, was the reason for violence.

Uncertainty looms large over the completion of houses before the rainy season, as according to sources in Hassan Zilla Panchayat, another Rs. 78 lakhs is needed to complete the work.

Sources said of the total 89 houses, ZP Engineering Division had almost completed the construction of 64 houses (including 36 `A' type and 28 `B' type). The delay was due to change in design to provide more amenities to the residents, sources added.

Cost escalation

Though the cost of construction of houses was estimated at Rs. 1.81 crore, it later escalated to Rs. 2.04 crore, with the inclusion of tender premium. While the cost of `A' type of houses is Rs. 2.25 lakh, it is Rs.1.75 lakh for `B' type. The Government released Rs. 1.50 crore on June 3, 2005, for the construction of houses.

Senior bureaucrat Chiranjeevi Singh, who visited Dyapalapura, suggested that the authorities follow the Navagrama model and construct a temple and community hall at the village. Basavaraja Horatti, who was holding Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) portfolio earlier, had visited the village and suggested an increase in plinth area and this increased the cost of construction, a senior official said.

Facilities

The houses, which would be handed over to people would have two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room and bathroom.

The delay in handing over the houses to the beneficiaries has caused anxiety among villagers, as the pre-monsoon showers have already affected them. A senior official said the district administration was making efforts to get funds and complete the work before the onset of monsoon.

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