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Mathur Samathuvapuram wears a deserted look

R. Arivanantham

Original beneficiaries either sold their houses or have rented it out

– Photos: N. Bashkaran

Many houses at the Samathuvapuram in Kendigampatti village remain unoccupied for want of basic amenities (and right) a library, ration shop and anganwadi that are yet to be used.


Pochampalli (Krishnagiri District): Most Samathuvapuram houses in Kendigampatti panchayat in Mathur block in Krishnagiri district have been either sold out by the original owners or kept under lock and key.

Nearly 10 years

As many as 100 houses were built by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) during 1999-2000 before Krishnagiri district was bifurcated from the combined Dharmapuri district and was declared open on March 3, 2001.

The beneficiaries were given Rs. 35,000 as subsidy and Rs. 10,000 as loan by the government.

Three buildings constructed for the purpose _ a TV viewing-cum-library, an anganwadi and ration shop at the Samathuvapuram have been locked up for many months due to poor occupancy rate in the colony.

Though the district administration laid black topped roads, installed streetlights and provided drinking water facilities, it failed to provide toilets to houses.

It was alleged that in 2006, the occupancy rate was only 70 per cent and 15 houses were sold by the original allottees.

On condition of anonymity, an official conceded that occupancy rate was diminishing fast and houses were being sold by the original allottees due to poor civic amenities.

Sold

G. Gunasekaran, a beneficiary alleged that over 20 houses were sold by the original owners, only 52 were occupied by the original allottees and over 20 houses were rented out for Rs. 200 a month.

He also charged that while the public library functioned only for six to eight months, the anganwadi functioned for just three months after its opening. The ration was never opened in the colony.

An official of the DRDA told The Hindu on Wednesday that two borewells were provided in 2006.

The drinking water pipelines and motor pump were repaired the same year, he said.

Since toilets were not provided to the settlement, the open space behind the library, anganwadi and ration shop was used by the residents to answer nature's call.

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