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Demolition drive: affected people stage dharna

Staff Correspondent

Free sites for those whose houses were pulled down


  • Temporary `ganji kendra' opened in anganwadi centre
  • CMC demolishes 72 structures

    HASSAN: The demolition work is complete. The Hassan City Municipal Council CMC removed 72 structures in Raghavendra Nagar and cleared a two-acre area of encroachments that was reserved for a park.

    But the saga of misery continued for the 70-plus families whose houses have been demolished. Gram panchayat member Rudre Gowda, who allegedly collected money from them (totalling Rs. 92 lakh) and gave them fake allotment letters, is absconding. In all, the police received 23 complaints from the victims.

    Dharna

    On Friday, people whose houses have been demolished staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's Office here.

    Hassan city MLA H.S. Prakash held discussions with Deputy Commissioner K.H. Aswathanarayana Gowda and Superintendent of Police Panduranga Rane. It was decided to give free sites to them in S.M. Krishna Nagar near B. Katenahalli besides opening a temporary Ganji Kendra in the Anganwadi centre near Raghavendra Nagar.

    Mr. Prakash told presspersons after the meeting that free sites would be given to people who were actually staying in Raghavendra Nagar and not for those who rented the houses and were staying outside.

    The Deputy Commissioner had directed the Revenue staff to make the list of people who were staying there.

    He said he would discuss the issue with Minister for Public Works H.D. Revanna on the possibility of constructing houses to them under the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Scheme.

    The former Congress Minister and MLA B. Shivaram and the former minister H.D. Srikantaiah and DCC president A. Manju also met Deputy Commissioner and discussed the matter.

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