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Sikkim will be first state to provide pucca houses

Sikkim will soon be the first state in the country to provide ‘pucca’ houses to all its residents as it has launched a mega social housing mission of quality housing to families living in hutments.

Under the Rs 211.20 crore ambitious project, 6,000 poor household dwellers living in ‘kutcha’ houses will be given a single storey earthquake-resistant new ‘pucca’ house free of cost by the end of 2013.

The five-year project will solve the issue of homelessness among the poor in Sikkim permanently, project director of Chief Minister’s Rural Housing Mission C C Wangdi said in a release.

Each spacious house will have a RCC structure with two bedrooms, a kitchen-cum-dinning room, a toilet and a verandah in front portion measuring a plinth area of 605 sq ft each.

The each owner-driven conversion of hutments to ‘pucca’ house would cost of Rs 3.50 lakh which will be constructed by the beneficiary through financial assistance to be received from the government in four instalments.

There will be no middle men or contractors and construction of each house is closely monitored by Block Rural House Construction Committees comprising both elected as well as official representatives, the release said.

All these 6,000 ‘katcha’ house dwellers were identified through a rigorous baseline survey conducted by gram sabhas using transparent criteria followed by multiple level of supervision and cross checks by the Rural Management and Development Department.

The houses will be earthquake resistant and will be designed in such a way that the interiors get maximum sunlight and have air circulation.As earth quake safety feature, foundation reinforcement, column size, plinth size of each house has been increased and additionally the GCI roof has been replaced by RCC slab roof with a three-feet parapet wall on all four sides.

The tiny northeastern state was hit by a major earthquake on 18th September 2011 in which more than 100 people lost their lives.The Sikkim government is providing 0.25 acre land to each landless person living below the poverty line (BPL) to construct the house.

The administration has completed the construction work on 1,137 houses so far while construction work on 3,029 houses will be completed by December next.

The construction work on remaining 1834 houses is under various stages of completion which will be completed during next financial year, Wangdi said.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh visit quake hit Sikkim

Despite hectic political developments in the national capital, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh kept his date with distressed people of the quake hit Sikkim on Thursday.

After taking a personal account of the devastation in the State, Prime Minster announced a package of one thousand crore rupees for the state.

After landing at Bagdogra Thursday morning, Prime Minster immediately took off on an aerial survey of the worst affected areas of Sikkim. Continue reading

Rahul Gandhi visits quake-hit Sikkim

Gangtok: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the areas that were affected by earthquake in Sikkim. He also made an aerial survey of the region. Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, also accompanied the Congress General Secretary during the aerial survey of the north district which had suffered the maximum number of casualties,

Foreign tourists stranded The Centre has constituted an inter-Ministerial team to visit Sikkim to take stock of the damage following Sunday’s devastating earthquake amid fresh reports that 400 foreign tourists were stranded in worst-hit North Sikkim. Meanwile, the number of deaths as reported by the Sikkim government is 57. Continue reading

Justice Dinakaran resigns as Sikkim Chief Justice

Facing impeachment on charges of corruption and judicial misconduct, Sikkim High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran resigned on Friday from the post.

The resignation comes a day ahead of the hearing of the three-member inquiry committee appointed by Rajya Sabha Chairman to probe into charges of land grabbing and acquiring of assets disproportionate to his income. 61-year-old Dinakaran is understood to have sent his resignation to President Pratibha Patil, sources said.

They said “overall he was not happy with what was happening and he also felt that his continuance would harm the judiciary”. Continue reading