Jayashankar Bhupalpally: If everything goes on expected lines, the Chenchus, a primitive tribal group (PTG), living in several hamlets in Bhupalpally Assembly Constituency, will soon get 100 pucca houses in 10 of the total 19 hamlets in the first phase.
Telangana Legislative Assembly Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary, who represents the Bhupalpally Constituency, has been working for the uplift of people from PTG in association with voluntary organisations. Due to his efforts, the Chenchus are slowly but steadily adopting modern way of life.
While 1,500 Chenchus live in these 19 settlements, majority of these semi-nomadic tribal people were deprived of basic amenities till recently. However, BT roads, CC roads, side drains, community halls, bore wells and toilets, were built recently in these hamlets. A majority of these people are still living in semi-pucca and tiny thatched houses.
Taking into consideration these factors, Chary convinced the Rural Development Trust (RDT), Ananthapur, also known as Fundación Vicente Ferrer (FVF), to build pucca houses for these families.
“After setting up an office in Bhupalpally town, we have finished socio-economic survey of the Chenchus. We have examined whether they own any land to construct houses or not,” A Ram Mohan, Area Team Leader (ATL) of RDT told ‘Telangana Today’.
“As we found that many of them do not have the ownership documents of the sites where they are living, we are trying to get the title deeds for them or trying to get land allotted land for them through Revenue Department,” Mohan said. “We met the Collector A Murali and discussed the issue with him a couple of days ago,” he added.
The RDT has identified ten hamlets in different mandals based on the need and decided to build 100 houses as and when the land is allotted for the houses. “If the land is available and the title of the land is clear, we are ready to construct the houses as we have already identified the villages for the first phase,” Mohan said. The cost of the each house is around Rs 2.20 lakh, and every house will have a toilet.
Kanaparthy in Regonda mandal; Kondampally, Ravi Nagar, and Gandhi Nagar in Ghanpur mandal; Laxmipuram thanda and Shanti Nagar in Chityal mandal; Kompally thanda, Gandrapally, and Pullur Ramaiahpally in Bhuplapally mandal; and one more hamlet have been chosen for the first phase of housing.
When contacted, district Collector A Murali said they were ready to allot the land to Chenchus for building independent houses. “Many of them own
plots. The RDT can construct the houses for them,” he added.