BMC Extends Aid to Families Affected by Fire - The New Indian Express

BMC Extends Aid to Families Affected by Fire

Published: 04th May 2014 11:14 AM

Last Updated: 04th May 2014 11:26 AM

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) distributed financial assistance of `2,700 to each of the 101 families affected by the fire which broke out in Unit IV slum on Friday. The assistance was provided by the State Government.

In addition to financial assistance, BMC also distributed polythene sheets to the affected families here on Saturday. BMC had initiated a survey to ascertain the number of families affected by the mishap. The assistance was distributed before BMC could complete its survey on the extent of damage.

More than 200 houses were gutted in the fire which started reportedly due to a short circuit in one of the households. Locals informed that more than 1,500 people have been affected by the mishap.

BMC mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said many non-government organisations (NGO) have come forward to assist the members of the affected families. The Corporation has also provisioned breakfast, lunch and dinner for the families in Unit IV minor school. The affected families will be provided food for three days.

The Red Cross Society also distributed clothes and utensils among the families. Organisations like the Fish Trade Union and few other local communities have come forward to help the fire-affected families by distributing food items.

Meanwhile, compounding the problems of the families is the fact that the slum has not been authorised by the BMC, which makes rehabilitation measures under Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) difficult to implement.

BMC Assistance Commissioner (slum) Binay Das said rehabilitation is a long term process and will take time. But for the time being, necessary assistance is being provided to the affected families.

On the other hand, the selective distribution of assistance has not gone down well with some of the left out families. A youth Santosh, whose house was gutted, alleged that the distribution of assistance was erratic.

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