Coimbatore

Dilapidated houses pose risk to residents of Kandivazhi tribal settlement

The houses were constructed nearly 30 years ago

Residents of Kandivazhi tribal settlement near Anaikatti are crying for the attention of the authorities as the condition of their houses, which were already in dilapidated condition, are barely safe to live after the recent rain.

The hilly region of the district had received heavy rain in the last several days and roofs of many houses were leaking. Cement plasters have come off from the roofs of some houses.

Located around five km away from Alamaramedu on Coimbatore – Mannarkkad road via Anaikatti, Kandivazhi settlement has 30 families and around 90 residents.

The houses were constructed nearly 30 years ago under a Government scheme and their walls have now developed cracks.

“A few days ago, a portion of the roof came off. Luckily no one was injured,” said Ramu, a resident.

Children and the elderly have a tough time too as they cannot sleep outside the dilapidated houses. The settlement has at least five pregnant women and around 20 children. As the settlement is located close to reserve forest area, movement of elephant is also common.

During rain in August, the residents were shifted to the Panachayat Union Middle School at Kondanur tribal settlement, about two km away.

Joshua G.P.N., who is into social works in tribal hamlets, said that 17 families were allotted funds under the Chief Minister Solar Powered Green House project. However, no contractor was ready to start the construction as the allotted money was insufficient.

While ₹ 2.10 lakh is sanctioned by the Government for a green house with a solar energy unit under the scheme, ₹ 30,000 of the total amount has to be spent for the solar energy unit. The remaining sum of ₹ 1.8 lakh was insufficient to construct the 300 sq.ft. house as per specifications of the green house, he said.

The District Rural Development Authority was looking for sponsors to fund the additional sum required for each house, around ₹ 1 lakh.

District Collector K. Rajamani said that necessary arrangements would be made to shift the residents to the nearby school if heavy rain lash the area again.

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