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Visakhapatnam, June 20, 2005
The Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Washer men Federation, M. Anjaiah on Monday said that the demolition of permanent houses at the Siva Sankar Washermen’s Colony that received a lot of flak has been resolved with the residents agreeing to accept the offer of houses constructed for them under the Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana.
Nearly 150 pucca houses along with some huts of the colony abutting the National High Way were demolished by the Municipal Corporation authorities last week inviting severe criticism and protests as the High Court had earlier issued a stay against demolition of houses in the colony.
The Collector, the Municipal Commissioner and some other officials were served contempt of court notices by the court, which asked them to appear before it in person on June 29. Dr.Anjaiah told a press conference that the representatives of the washermen, a representative each from CPI (M) and CITU along with a director of the federation agreed at a meeting presided over by the District Collector Praveen Prakash to the proposal to construct single storey buildings with two additional rooms on the terrace to store clothes for ironing them.
The new colony to be completed in six months would have all facilities including a dhobi ghat a community hall.
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