Panchayat prez who build homes for needy facing eviction notice

Kattakada: CPM leader who helped build houses for the needy in Thiruvananthapuram while he was the panchayat president is now facing threat of eviction from home.

Chandran (65), former president of Kuttichal Panchayat and an elected representative for 15 years, is now facing the threat of losing his home for defaulting on housing loan taken from a public sector bank.

He was a CPM area committee member for many years. He took a loan in 2013 from Union Bank to buy eight cents of land and a house. Later, he paid back this loan and took Rs 2,70,000 as a housing loan to renovate his home. However, he failed to repay the loan and has to pay Rs 5 lakh to avoid losing his home.

Besides Chandran, his wife and son have nowhere else to go if forced out of their house.

He used to pay the loan instalments without fail until the onset of the Covid pandemic. Even though he had a temporary job, he could not meet the living expenses and could not pay the dues.

Further, he was unable to complete the renovation works of his house. Since the wiring for the electricity distribution is not completed, the family is provided with a 'temporary' connection.

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