News: Forum wants houses in Ceylon Colony rebuilt

Puducherry, November 14: Federation for People’s Rights has urged the government to reconstruct houses of residents of Ceylon Colony in Thirubuvanai who were repatriated from Sri Lanka in 1984.

At that time, the government settled 21 families by constructing individual houses on a land belonging to Cooperative Spinning Mill at Thirubuvanai and provided jobs at the Spinning Mill. Now there were 57 families residing in the colony.

But now the houses are dilapidated and can collapse any time, said G Sugumaran, secretary of the federation and head of a fact finding committee that visited the colony.

The residents complained to the Minister for Co-operation and SC welfare M Kandasamy and other authorities who visited the place several times but to no avail. These quarters did not have any basic amenities like drainage and latrines.

Six months ago the authorities performed a boomi pooja to construct the side drainage canal, but the work yet to start.

Recently, Philomena Mary of the colony, died due to wall collapse, he said, and urged the government to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the victim’s family.

Besides renovating the houses, he urged the administration to take steps to provide land pattas and community certificate.

The New Indian Express / 15.11.2009

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