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Residents of Dharam Singh Colony stage protest against demolition of houses

Mysuru, October 23:- The residents of Dharam Singh Colony B Block here along with former minister S A Ramadas staged a protest against the demolition of houses, in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office on Monday.

“38 families have been living in their houses and huts in the colony since 1982. They are even paying tax to the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC). Vajapayee government had sanctioned for the reconstruction of houses under ‘Valmiki Ambedkar Awaz Scheme.’ The residents were also made to pay Rs 10,000, but the MCC released a list of 27 illegal beneficiaries along with the list of 38 against which a complaint has been filed,” the protesters said.

“The DC had declared the colony as a slum area in 2006. The same was published in Karnataka Gazette in 2006. The sites were also allotted for the construction of houses, which didn’t take place as the list included names of illegal beneficiaries,” the residents said.

“The Slum Development Board has taken Rs 45,000 from SCs and STs and Rs 50,000 from others assuring to construct houses under Housing for All Scheme of Modi government. However, only 38 people are legal beneficiaries and the others have paid bribe to get their names into the list. The 38 beneficiaries should be given funds to construct their houses and their pucca houses should not be demolished,” said Ramadas.

The residents submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

Corporator B V Manjunath and others were present.

-(HN, NGB)

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