– The story of 254 helpless migrant families in Nellore city
`Forty years ago, 254 families migrated from Tamil Nadu to Nellore city. Nowhere to go, they settled in a cemetery. They made their tents between graves. Some of them belonged to scheduled castes and tribes and others to backward communities. They did variety of jobs for their living like rickshaw pulling, rag picking, digging pits and other odd jobs. As they lived in obvious unhygienic conditions, they and their children fell sick very often. There were deaths of children and young women. One day a police officer came to the cemetery for a funeral. He saw children playing with skulls and bones. He was moved. He enrolled those children in a government residential school. But soon they ran away from there. In 2016, the then District Collector visited them and saw their plight. She decided to look for a place where new house sites can be allotted to them. Having done that, she requested RDT to construct houses for them. RDT sent a team to study the situation and work with those people. Since June 2017, RDT has organized them as responsible groups for the construction of houses. The construction started in December 2017. The design of the house has a kitchen, a bedroom, a hall, a verandah and a bathroom. Each house costs Rs. 3,50,000. The people just can’t believe their eyes that they are going to live in these houses. They are so happy. Soon the new housing colony will be opened and the helpless migrants who once lived among graves will indeed live in these beautiful houses.