1 yr since house destroyed in floods; Septuagenarian’s dream of new house caught in red tape
Aranmula (Pathanamthitta): Even after one year of the 2018 flood, Raghavan Achari of Karakarayil is still unable to rebuild his house. He is a landless person in the records of the government and he could not realise his dream of a house.
Mathrubhumi had published a photo of Raghavan Achari holding a stopped clock picked up from his house destroyed in the flood in 2018. From that day onwards, he has been living in a tin shed.
Raghavan Achari said the land where his house is situated was given by ancestors as a debt of gratitude for building the east tower of Aranmula temple.
However, he does not have any documents to prove the ownership. All documents including the title deed were lost in the deluge.
Raghavan Achari did not get the financial assistance for building the house as he has no land in his name. Many people in Aranmula lost houses when Pampa river overflowed. All of them rebuilt their houses while Raghavan Achari remained a victim of red tape.
Though he requested authorities many times, they all failed to help him as the land was not in his name. Aged 75, Raghavan Achari is not able to go for work also.