650 houses to be built for homeless: Mamata
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 00:27
Kolkata: Altogether 650 houses would be built for those rendered homeless in a fire at a slum beside the Biddhanagar railway station here, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday.

The houses would be built by the Eastern Railway Women's Welfare Organisation, Banerjee said.

"It has been decided that the ERWWO would build 650 houses for the affected people to provide shelter to the homeless from the humanitarian point of view," she said.

"I have had a talk with the chairman of the Railway Board and other railway officials," Banerjee who visited the slum immediately after arriving from Delhi said.

"It is a small effort for the benefit of the affected persons who have nowhere to go.

A similar gesture was made once during a fire at Adra," Banerjee, who was accompanied by General Manager Eastern Railway V N Tripathi, said.

Yesterday, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had been given a hostile reception after he went to the spot after the blaze.


First Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 00:27

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