New homes for Nandigram’s homeless

April 7th, 2008 - 10:17 pm ICT by admin  

By Ajitha Menon
Nandigram (West Bengal), April 7 (ANI): Peeved at the plight of families affected by Nandigram turmoil, a social activist from Kolkata is building 400 houses for the victims who are forced to live a homeless life.
Hundreds of villagers in and around Nandigram in West Bengal were badly affected due to the year-long battle between Tata Motors and those opposed to the setting up of a car manufacturing plant on agricultural land.
Local farmers were left to fend for themselves in a helpless situation. Many lost their dear and near ones apart from home and hearth.
To lend a healing touch to these persons and bring back their lost cheer D. K. Saraf of Kolkata has decided to play a Samaritan’s role. He is also the founder of Anandalok Hospital at Salt Lake in Kolkata that he built with assistance from the house of Birlas.
“Condition of these people from Nandigram was very painful. I learnt it from newspapers and also heard it from my friends. After detailed planning over the past four to five months I decided that we will have the houses constructed here. Initially, I did face problems since entering this place itself was a challenge. There were many people who opposed our intended plans,” said D. K. Saraf, the social worker.
“But for the last 25 days, we had been coming here regularly and were able to win people’s trust for commencing construction. We have done a survey of 400 houses. So far I have completed 76 houses, some have been partly completed, some are in progress and by the end of this month I will be in a position to hand over 76 buildings,” Saraf informed.
So far, the construction work of 77 houses for Nandigram families has already commenced. The work for the remaining 323 dwellings is likely to start over next one month.
These houses, being built on the land of villagers themselves, are to be handed over to the needy families before the onset of monsoon.
Each house has provision for a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The size varies depending on the availability of the land. Local villagers are also helping in house construction.
“We didn’t have houses before, we have been provided houses. So it’s good and we will be staying here and we hope the authorities do not create any problems,” said Jasondhara Nimai, a resident of Nandigram.
Expressing their gratefulness to Saraf’s initiative, the villagers are looking forward to occupy these houses. (ANI)

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