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POST TIME: 10 December, 2019 08:59:51 PM
7,000 homeless families get homes in Chandpur
OUR CORRESPONDENT, Chandpur

7,000 homeless families get homes in Chandpur

The Prime Minister has repeatedly said, “No one will remain homeless in the country”. In the light of this, about 7,000 homeless families have been given new dwellings till this month in the present fiscal in the eight upazilas of the district.

They were now living in peace in these new houses, said the residents of these dwellings while talking to this correspondent.

When contacted, the additional deputy commissioner (revenue), Abdullah Al Mahmud Jaman, confirmed the report, saying most of recipients were the poorest of the poor shoal areas inhabitants and those who had lost their homes and land due to river erosion.

Besides, a total of 323 dwellings were being built and would be handed over to the homeless, destitute and landless people in the eight upazilas of the district.

According to the revenue section of the DC office, under this project, a total of 2,972 families have been given new houses under the Ashrayan Projects, 1,605 families have been given newly made houses in Cluster Villages, 45 families have been given new houses under the Adarsha village projects and a total of 2,317 homeless poor families have been given new houses for sheds   over   their heads.

When this correspondent visited Paschim Ramdasdi village under the Luxmipur union of Chandpur Sadar Upazila, Onil Sutradhar, 65, told The Independent, “In the past, I had a dilapidated house to live in. During the rainy season and stormy days, I along with my family members used to get drenched and sometimes stayed in other people’s houses. Now, we have got a good new house of our own, thanks to PM Sheikh Hasina. Now we have no tension about rains and storms. We are living in peace.”

Another beneficiary, Ismail Bhuiyan, of Sakhua village in Ibrahimpur union, under Chandpur Sadar Upazila, said, “In the past, I used to work as a mason. Now I am an old man of 63 and ill. That's why, I can’t work for a livelihood'. I thank PM Sk Hasina for giving us a new house to live in peace.” During a recent visit to the Meghnapar Ashrayan Project, Luxmipur Ashrayan Project, and Ibrahimpur Ashrayan Project areas this correspondent saw people living in the new houses had all the basic amenities like electricity, pure dinking waters and hygienic wash rooms.

Besides, men and women were being given proper practical training for health awareness, cultivating vegetables, making handicrafts, rearing animals, poultry and fish farming, small trading, country boat making and weaving fishing nets in the project areas. The idea is to make them economically self-reliant. There are community health centres and community schools in these project areas.

Official sources said, in Sadar Upazila, a total of 240 poor and homeless families have got such houses; in Hajiganj, 290 families; in Kochua, 300 families, in Matlab Uttar, 471 families; in Matlab South, 108 families; in Haimchar, 269 families; in Shahrasti, 264; and in Faridganj, 263 poor homeless families have been rehabilitated with new dwellings under the PM's preferred project, 'Home for Homeless people'.

ADC (Revenue) Abdullah Al Mamhmud Jaman told The Independent, “We are working hard to provide new dwelling homes with pure drinking water and sanitation facilities to homeless people. So far, about 7,000 houses have been handed over to seven thousand homeless families. Some more houses are being built and will be handed over later. No homeless men/women will remain without homes in the district.”