Madikeri, Dec 6: Amidst an allegation on delay in rehabilitating the disaster affected people in Kodagu, the state government would lay foundation stone here on December 7.

As the state government has invited to submit the model of houses, various companies have submitted total six models of houses for the distressed people. Out of them, the state government has selected the model prepared by the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Limited with modern technology. Amidst the tough competition from the private firms, the models prepared by a public sector unit were selected.

Houses with special technology

After Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy laid the foundation stone on December 7, total 840 houses would be constructed in various places in the district. The specialty of the models of Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Limited is that they would not collapse in spite of landslide on them. Unlike traditional houses, these houses will not have pillars. The iron bars used for RCC roof will go down from walls to the floor. Around 40-ft iron rods will be used for the houses without cutting them due to which the houses will be strong and the houses will withstand pressure from any parts.

The Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation has already constructed single bed-room houses in Kanakapura and other parts using the same technology. But for Kodagu distressed people, double-bed room houses will be constructed at a cost of Rs 9.85 lakh each and this is for the first of its kind in the country, Deputy Commissioner M.K. Jagadeesh said.

Till now, only single bed-room houses were being constructed for the distressed people in the country. For the first time, two-bed-room houses will be constructed. Moreover, the flat roofs will be constructed and the beneficiaries could construct another floor on the roofs.

Explaining about the technology of houses, project director H. Srinivas said that the house will have 5-6 inch thick concrete wall and no stone and brick will be used for the purpose.

he entire house will be like concrete cell and monolithic structure due to which, it will be completely earthquake-proof. As usual, iron moulds will be used for constructing these houses and the construction of these houses will take only 20 days, he said.

Since the electricity wiring and water pipeline will be fixed during the construction of walls, the cost will also be less and construction will also be completed shortly, he said.

This model houses are being constructed across the world and the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation has been constructing such houses since 2012 and so far, it has constructed 3,500 houses. But the Andhra Pradesh Housing Corporation has so far constructed more than 4 lakh houses across the state.

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New Delhi, Dec 11: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that if there is a "common thread" among the murders of social activists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi, then one agency can investigate all the four cases.

A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Navin Sinha asked the CBI to inform it by January first week as to why it should not investigate all the four cases if there appears a link among all the murders.

The counsel for the Maharashtra government informed the court that the CBI is investigating the murder cases of social activist and professor Narendra Dabholkar after the Bombay High Court transferred the probes to the agency.

The court, after perusing the status report of the Karnataka Police, said there appears to be a link between the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M.M Kalburgi.

It asked the Maharashtra government's counsel about the status of the investigation into the Pansare murder case, to which the counsel said the case was pending before the Kolhapur trial court.

Earlier in the day, the Karnataka Police had informed the apex court that there appears to be a connection between Lankesh and Kalburgi murder cases.

The state police also told the apex court that it will file a chargesheet in the Kalburgi murder case in three months.

Noted scholar Kalburgi was killed at Dharwad in 2015. Pansare was also killed the same year. Lankesh was shot dead on September 5, 2017 in Bengaluru, whereas rationalist Dabholkar was assassinated on August 20, 2013.

The top court on November 26 had pulled up the Karnataka government for "doing nothing and just fooling around" in the investigation and had indicated that it may transfer the case to the Bombay High Court.

The top court had on January 10 sought the response of probe agencies NIA and CBI and the two state governments on the allegation of Uma Devi that no substantial investigation has been carried out so far in the murder case.

Kalburgi's wife, in her petition, had alleged that there was common link between the murder of her husband and that of activists Narendra Achyut Dabholkar and Govindrao Pansare, who too were assassinated in August 2013 and February 2015 respectively.

The 77-year old Kalburgi, the former vice chancellor of Hampi University and a well-known epigraphist, was shot dead in broad daylight at his residence in Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad, Karnataka, on August 30, 2015. Born in 1938, he was a Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer of old Kannada literature.