Construction of flat under LIFE Mission in Wadakkanchery comes to a standstill


V Murali

LIFE Mission flat at Wadakkanchery

Wadakkanchery: The construction of the flat under the Kerala Government’s LIFE Mission project in Wadakkanchery has been interrupted for 15 months. Notably, this project was in limelight during the elections over the alleged links with the controversial gold smuggling case.

It is reported that UAE based Red Crescent which funded the project reportedly gave the commission to Swapna Suresh, one of the accused in the gold smuggling case. However, when the election ended the debate over the topic was too subdued. But around 140 individuals in Wadakkanchery municipality who have applied for apartments under the project are in disappointment as the project is in halt.

According to Aisha, one of the individuals who applied for the apartment, the delay in the construction of the flat shattered her dreams.

Aisha who works in a matchstick manufacturing company is living in a house situated on poramboke land between the railway track and state highway near Pathamkallu region.

It has been almost 15 months that the construction work is at standstill. The condition of the flat’s concrete skeleton and its surroundings is pitiable. Iron bar and cement brought for the construction have gone missing. Hooligans have vandalized the window glasses of the adjacent hospital building constructed as part of the project. Employees of Unitac, the construction company which took the contract of the project are not looking after the project for more than a year.

The 1.38-hectare land is covered with shrubs and grasses looks like an abandoned mansion in Hollywood horror movies. The project worth more than Rs 10 crore is being left unattended. As per the project, there will be a public park, ground, 4225 sqft hospital along with four flat complexes having 20,000 sqft. The objective was to offer housing for the poor with facilities like attached bathroom, living room, hall, kitchen and balcony.

Meanwhile, investigation on the allegations about the project has been dormant after the elections. Both the investigations of CBI and ED have not yet cracked anything significant in the matter. Months have passed, but even the report based on the weighing test conducted is not yet available in the public domain.

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