On KCR's promise for new home, villagers who tore down old houses now homeless
A village adopted by Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is facing the brunt with many homeless for months, after they pulled down their houses on the chief minister's promise of new homes.
According to a report in the Times Of India, KCR, as the chief minister is commonly known as, visited Chinna Mulkanur village in Karimnagar district in the second week of August, 2015. Along with the announcement of adopting the village, he also promised new houses for those living in dilapidated ones.
He also promised to return in four days to participate in a village clean-up campaign, which according to him, was the first step towards transformation of the village.
However, he could not make it back due to heavy rains, but did re-visit the place on August 24, announcing new houses and triggering an immediate decision to demolish all the old houses in the village, with a promise by the chief minister he would return in about a fortnight to kick-start the construction activity.
The villagers immediately and willingly shifted to their relatives place or to some alternate accommodation as earth movers demolished their house. Four months later, construction activity is yet to start in the area.
"But what can we do now other than wait and hope that someday he will come back and the houses will get built. We could not live in the tattered tent we put up. So we rebuilt a one-room place with the bricks of the old house," a villager told TOI.