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Flood victims yet to benefit

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Rehabilitation efforts slow

Very few houses ready in Gulbarga division


GULBARGA: The progress of work on building houses for flood-affected people in Gulbarga division has been slow throughout, and of the target of 28,523 houses only 794 are ready.

The construction of houses has been slow in all flood-affected districts, the worst-hit being Raichur, Koppal, Bellary, Yadgir and Gulbarga. In certain villages in Yadgir and Koppal districts, not a single house has been completed.

Official sources said here on Friday that in Raichur district, of the 9,616 houses that had to be built, only 326 were ready. Construction activity had just begun on 4,498.

In Gulbarga district, of the 2,593 houses that are to be constructed, work had begun only on 2,453, and 118 were ready. In Yadgir district, out of 910 houses, work had begun on 704, and not a single house was ready.

Similarly, in Bellary district, the Government had decided to build 6,558 houses in relocated townships and villages which were affected by the floods, but so far work had begun only on 2,349 houses. Koppal was badly affected, and the State had decided to build 2,305 houses in the district. But work had begun only on 1,015, and not a single house was ready, the sources added.

In Bidar district, the Government had decided to construct 269 houses and work had begun on 198, but not a single house was ready.

The sources said the Government had decided to relocate 71 flood-prone villages fully and 67 villages partially in Raichur, Bellary, Gulbarga, Koppal and Yadgir districts. The highest number of villages (40) which are to be fully shifted are in Raichur district, followed by 13 in Bellary and nine in Koppal.

Out of 138 villages, including 71 which will be fully relocated, the formation of layouts is over. The sources said that in 107 villages, electricity connections had been provided and water connections given in 120 villages.

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