Cultural programme to raise funds
Corpus fund to be formed to help those affected
Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Corporation and the district administration have jointly set in motion the process of reconstructing the buildings which went up in flames on Moideen Palli Road, near S.M. Street, in the first week of April as well as rebuilding the lives of those who were affected by the fire.
Eight persons were killed and 92 shops were destroyed in the incident.
Kozhikode Mayor M. Bhaskaran and Additional District Magistrate P. Balan told mediapersons here on Monday that they had decided to form a corpus fund to help the people affected. A committee formed for the purpose had already received Rs.57 lakh from various sources. Several organisations, including media houses, had promised to contribute to the relief fund, Mr. Bhaskaran said.
Letters would be sent to businessmen and corporate establishments in India and abroad seeking their help. The cooperation of merchants, traders and industrialists had been sought.
Private medical institutions such as Baby Memorial Hospital and the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences would be asked to waive the medical bills of those treated for injuries in connection with the fire.
As part of mobilising funds, a cultural programme will be organised at the Corporation Stadium on May 19. Well-known artistes from the country would take part in the entertainment programme aimed at raising Rs.50 lakh. Tickets in the range of Rs.50 to Rs.5,000 would be available to the public, Mr. Bhaskaran said.
The first tranche of financial aid for the traders whose shops had been destroyed in the fire would be distributed on May 16 for purchase of goods.
Mr. Bhaskaran said that there was a proposal to build a multi-storeyed complex at the site of the incident. The Government had wanted the local body, the traders and the landowners to reach an agreement to initiate the proposal. However, the trading community had opposed the move. It had now been decided to maintain the status quo, he said.
The corporation had given a compensation of Rs.25,000 each and the Government Rs.1 lakh each to the families of those killed in the incident, Mr. Balan said.