TAMIL NADU

From rags to roofs

constructive step: Kancheepuram Collector Santosh K.Misra inspecting one of the houses on Monday. —

constructive step: Kancheepuram Collector Santosh K.Misra inspecting one of the houses on Monday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

V. Venkatasubramanian

12 rag-picker families to have houses

KANCHEEPURAM: The dream of having a concrete roof over their heads is set to come true for 12 rag-picker families with the construction of 144 sq.feet dwelling units nearing completion at Melkathirpur.

These families were staying in huts on the Vegavathy river promboke land at Thumbavanam .

Their life witnessed a turning point in October 2008 when Collector Santosh K. Misra spotted a rag-picker Vijaya and her husband Sundaram with their grandchildren near Rengasamykulam .

Coming to know that there were more such people engaged in rag-picking and living on poromboke land, he ordered issuance of ration cards, old age pension and monthly financial assistance for widows and free house site pattas to them.

A piece of land in Melkathirpur was identified and pattas were issued.

Steps were initiated to construct houses for them under existing welfare schemes.

However, the Collector said that the financial position of the beneficiaries stood in the way of realising their dream to have a pucca house under the Indira Awaj Yojana.

A philanthropist from Chennai donated Rs.6.5 lakh for the construction of dwelling units.

The Collector, accompanied by Kancheepuram MLA Sakthi Kamalammal, inspected the construction work on Monday.

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