Special Correspondent

It will take six months to complete 65,000 houses: Katta

Shortage of workers delaying construction: Katta

‘5,000 acres of land acquired and developed'

BANGALORE: Its official. The State Government will not be able to keep its promise of completing the construction of houses for the flood-affected people in north Karnataka before June.

What has caused concern is that the flood-affected people will have to extend their stay in the temporary tin-roofed structures for another six months, including the rainy season, as the Government has indicated that it would require six months to complete the construction of all the houses.

Housing Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu told presspersons here on Saturday that the Government would be able to complete the construction of only 20,000 houses by June out of the 65,000 houses which were being built to rehabilitate the displaced families under the Asare scheme.

“We will be able to complete the construction of all the houses in about six months,” the Minister said.

He blamed the delay on shortage of construction workers. “We are eager to complete the construction at the earliest. In fact, 5,000 acres of land has been developed for rehabilitating flood victims,” the Minister said.

He refuted the allegations that the flood victims were made to suffer because of the delay in the construction of houses.

He said the deputy commissioners of flood-hit districts were directed to ensure that the temporary shelters provided to the displaced people were in a good condition to ensure that they do not face any problems during rainy season.

The Minister said he was satisfied with the progress of rehabilitation works and maintained that the displaced people would be happy to get quality houses despite the delay. When his attention was drawn to the criticism from Balagangadharanath Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri over lack of information on progress of construction work made from the monetary contribution made by his math for Asare project, Mr. Naidu said he would provide details regarding the expenditure to the swamiji.

“We will furnish accounts regarding expenses for every paise that has been spent for rehabilitation package — including the money which came through donations from general public and assistance from the State and Union governments. Nobody should have doubts in this regard,” he said.