‘Model settlements’ for displaced tribals in Kodagu

‘Model settlements’ for displaced tribals in Kodagu

Agency News

Madikeri (Karnataka) June 9: Kodagu district administration has provided individual houses for the displaced tribals of Diddahalli forests which was developed as model settlements.

Residential colonies coming up in Kodagu for displaced tribals of Diddahalli forests are being developed as ‘model settlements’, putting across facilities usually found in layouts developed in cities, such as well-laid roads, piped water supply, and CCTV surveillance.

The tribals relocated from Diddahalli forests in Virajpet taluk in the district have been provided shelter in the newly-constructed settlements at Basavanahalli and Byadagotta villages in Somawarpet taluk, with the State government coming forward to build individual houses for the families.

Each house has been built on 30x40 sq.ft. plot and the project is nearing completion with only a few houses remaining to be built besides establishing essential facilities.

Out of 528 houses proposed for construction, 338 houses had been completed and some families have already shifted to their new dwelling. The construction began two years ago, according to C Shivakumar, Project Coordinator, Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP).