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Sat, 27 Nov 2010 - 14:07:44Aasare houses built by the Seva Bharati Trust, Hubli, with the help of Uttara Kannada district administration for the victims of landslip at Kadwad village were handed over to the beneficiaries on Thursday.As many as 19 people were killed in the landslips in Kadwad village.Sri Vamanashrama Swamiji of Haldipur Math symbolically handed over the keys of the houses to the family members of the victims.Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi, general secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, in his address said that it is a “small gesture towards society which had given us everything”. He said Seva Bharati and the victims were not known to each other. But humanity and compassion of different donors who helped build the houses donating money and material brought Seva Bharati and the displaced facilities together. He said that one should not think of it as help to the victims but only as a responsibility of society to help those who are in trouble.
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Karwar: 50 houses were handed over to 50 families, who were displaced after a heavy landslide that occurred on 2nd of October, 2009. The keys of the houses were distributed to the victim families in a function held here in Kadwad village. The houses were built for the families of Kadwad Zariwada village under the Aasre scheme at kadwad in Karwar Taluk.
District Minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri inaugurated Madhavnagar, the rehabilitation centre consisting of 50 houses that were constructed for the victims of landslide. The handing over of the keys ceremony was held in the presence of Vamanashrama Swamiji of Haldipur Mutt and Bhaveshanand Swamiji of Ramakrishna Mutt.
The DC had notified earlier that the district administration had purchased 3 acres and 3.12 guntas at Kadwad at a cost of Rs 43.31 lakh, the cost of the land was reimbursed by Rajiv Gandhi Grameena Vasati Nigam Niyamita. The houses were built by Seva Bharati Trust, Hubli, a charitable institution run by the RSS.
Each house has been built in 30'x50' site consisting of a kitchen, toilet, bathroom and a hall at a cost of Rs 1.65 lakh. Electricity has been provided by the HESCOM for which Rs 15 lakh had been paid by the district administration. The houses have been provided with potable water facility also. The asphalted road and drainage will also be built in the colony. A storm water drain has been built by the Zilla Panchayat at a cost of Rs 18.50 lakh.
While addressing the gathering, Mr Kageri appealed to the residents to keep the centre clean and green, so that the ecological balance could be maintained. He specified that the over exploitation of natural resources resulted in natural calamities. He announced the construction of a new bridge at the Kadwad stream at the cost of Rs 8 crores, which will be utilised from the Rs 100 crore package announced by the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa during his recent visit to Karwar.
RSS general secretary Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi laid the foundation stone for a community hall that would be built at the centre. A shopping complex accommodating four shops will also be built in the colony in due course. While presiding over the function Uttar Kannada MP Ananth Kumar Hegde affirmed that he would provide Rs 5 lakhs to build the community hall at the centre. Uttar Kannada deputy commissioner BN Krishnaiah; Taluk Panchayat president Chandrahas Kohtharkar; Gram Panchayat President Maruthi Naik; Seva Bharati trustee Raghu Rama Ankolekar of RSS were present on the occasion.