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Dongarampur (Raichur district): Rangamma, wife of Dodda Rangappa, from Kurvakala island in Raichur taluk, was the first person from villages that were hit by floods last year to receive the key to a house constructed at a site near Dongarampur village in Raichur taluk.
Keys to houses were distributed to 242 beneficiaries from Mangigadda and Kurvakala islands at a function held here on Wednesday. The houses have been constructed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy were present at the function.
Expressing gratitude to the State Government for allotting a house to her, Rangamma told The Hindu that she was very happy when her name was announced as one of the beneficiaries.
Since the floods last year, she has been living along with her three sons in her dilapidated house on Kurvakala island. She is happy that a well-built house with basic facilities, which she never dreamt of, has been provided to her. All houses have been provided with drinking water and electricity connections, and the roads have been asphalted.
The Mata Amritanandamayi Math, which organised a function to hand over keys to the beneficiaries, is constructing 666 houses at the site near Dongarampur village to rehabilitate flood-affected families from Mangigadda, Kurvakala, Agrahara and Kurvakurda islands. The math has completed construction of 242 houses. It plans to build another 500 houses at the site.
He said the Government had decided to construct 62,910 houses to rehabilitate displaced families from 297 flood-hit villages in 14 districts. The construction will be completed in eight months and many maths and industrialists had come forward to construct houses for the displaced families. Swami Amruta Geetanandapuri of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Minister for Housing Katta Subramanya Naidu and Minister in-charge of the district Anand Asnotikar were among those present.
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