KOCHI: Two apartment complexes, constructed at Mundamveli to rehabilitate residents from P&T Colony, will be inaugurated on September 2. This will address the issue of rehabilitating 82 families living in houses on the poramboke land at Gandhinagar which had been pending for several years.
The foundation stone of the project was laid in July 2018. The work, which should have been completed in 18 months, had been progressing at a snail’s pace.
“The apartments are built on the 70 cents of land owned by the GCDA at Mundamveli in Rameswaram village. The project was included in the Life Mission. Local self-government minister M B Rajesh will commission the project on September 2. Dignitaries like industries minister P Rajeeve and mayor M Anilkumar will attend the function,” GCDA chairman K Chandran Pillai said. “The hike in steel prices delayed the work,” Pillai said.
Around 80 families in P&T Colony are living in a pathetic condition. The colony would be flooded every monsoon and lead to shifting of the residents to rehabilitation camps. The residents lack even proper toilet facilities.
The then education standing committee chairperson Poornima Narayan used to take up the issue at Kochi corporation council during 2017-18.
In 2018, the corporation was all set to be declared as open defecation-free (ODF). For this purpose, all the councillors had to give an affidavit stating that there isn’t open defecation in their wards or divisions.
But Narayan insisted that she wouldn’t sign the affidavit until the residents of P&T Colony are provided with toilet facilities or an apartment complex is constructed for rehabilitating the residents.
But the corporation authorities didn’t heed to her requests. Finally, she approached the then GCDA chairman C N Mohanan who took the initiative to construct the apartment complex.
Published On Aug 29, 2023 at 12:30 PM IST
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