The district administration has identified 39,917 beneficiaries from 68 grama panchayats; Punalur, Parvur, Karunagapally and Kottarakara municipalities; and Kollam Corporation for the third phase of Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment (LIFE) project.
At a meeting of the LIFE mission action committee, District Collector B. Abdul Nasar instructed the officials concerned to assess the eligibility of all the homeless and landless people in Kollam and complete the construction of homes in a time-bound manner.
Procedures have been initiated to meet the target of completing the construction in one year.
Since beneficiaries include over 13,000 persons from urban areas, special attention should be given to further proceedings and the cooperation of social organisations should be ensured while finding land, said Nava Kerala Mission coordinator Cherian Philip. Development advisor to the Government C.S. Ranjith urged the MPs, MLAs, and local body heads to find the land with the help of the public.
In the wake of natural calamities, the necessity to go for eco-friendly construction measures and the benefits of using prefab technology were also discussed at the meeting.
R. Ramachandran, MLA, said that some eligible persons were still not part of the list and should be considered.
He also pointed out that many homes built as part of tsunami rehabilitation were not habitable now.
District panchayat president C. Radhamani said that all eligible persons would be provided housing under the project and steps had been taken to complete the constructions in the third phase on a war footing.
Those who could not procure construction permit owing to Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules and Paddy Land and Wetland Act will be moved to the list of the landless.
Fishermen and members of SC/ST communities who could not be included in the list owing to technical glitches in ration cards will also be added to it. Flat complexes for the homeless will be constructed at Punalur, Anchal, West Kallada, Pavithreswaram, and Mundakkal.
Tsunami flats at Paravur and Mayyanad will be taken over for repair and maintenance work.
4,477 (55.6 %) houses have been completed in the district in the second phase of the LIFE project.
The beneficiaries were provided cement blocks, hollow bricks, door and window frames, and other pre-fab materials free of cost. They were also given 90 working days as part of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
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