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Collaborative effort: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa laying the foundation stone of a township that will house displaced families at Katakanur village near Raichur on Wednesday.
Collaborative effort: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa laying the foundation stone of a township that will house displaced families at Katakanur village near Raichur on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

‘Many companies have come forward to help us relocate displaced families’

Katakanur (Raichur taluk): Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that the Government will construct houses to replace all huts in the State to provide better shelter to poor people. This project will be implemented over three years.

After laying the foundation stone for new houses for displaced families at Katakanur village near here, he said, “Our aim is to make Karnataka hut-less. We also hope to build three lakh houses in the next one year.”

The Chief Minister said the Government had been making efforts to provide proper shelter to the displaced families in all flood-hit areas in north Karnataka.

Many multinational companies, non-governmental organisations and industrialists had come forward to partner with the Government in the relocation of the affected families. Cisco Systems, a software company, had already taken up construction of 4,000 houses for some displaced families in Raichur taluk, he said.

He said the Government had collected donations totalling Rs. 1,700 crore from the public for relief work. The funds would be utilised properly, he promised. The district administration should take elected representatives into confidence while implementing relief work, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

The Chief Minister said rural areas in the State had not witnessed much development since Independence, and to ensure progress, the State Government would try its best to improve rural infrastructure.

Appreciating Cisco Systems for its decision to construct the houses, he said the company had also promised to equip the township with facilities such as schools and hospitals.

Wim Elfrink, Working President and Chief Globalisation Officer of Cisco Systems spoke.

Minister for Higher Education Arvind Limbavali was present on the occasion.

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