THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The 72 families of Karimadom Colony whose dreams of a shelter under a leak-proof, sturdy roof in a healthy environment is finally becoming a reality. The Kudumbashree Mission is spearheading a mission to reconstruct the dilapidated apartments which are over 30 years old with new ones. The homes are expected to be completed with a stipulated time frame of six months under the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM).
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the project. The work is set to commence from Thursday.
The existing buildings belong to the Housing Board. Residents will be shifted to rented homes during the tenure of construction and each family will be provided with a sum of Rs 2,000 per month by the Urban Housing Mission to meet the rent until the work on the new apartments is completed.
Each house will be constructed in 30 sq metres of area, constituting a room, toilet and kitchen. Twelve houses will be built in each block. A total of 72 houses will be constructed in six separate blocks. The Kudumbashree Urban Housing Mission and the Hindustan Lifecare Limited have entered into an agreement as part of the project. The project cost is estimated at Rs 7.13 crore, including taxes. A state-level sanctioning committee chaired by the Local Self Government Department (LSGD) had given the approval for the project in July.
The project was proposed a year ago. The Cabinet had decided to immediately shift the 72 families accommodated in the colony owing to the hazardous conditions of the old buildings. The function was presided over by Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali. Health Minister V S Sivakumar welcomed the gathering. Kudumbashree executive director K B Valsalakumari was also present.