Expats to build for homeless in Indian state

Project to be launched at Thiruvananthapuram Fest in Dubai

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Dubai-based expatriates from Thiruvananthapuram are to build 14 homes for the homeless in the state.

The work is part of the Beit Al Rehman project, which aims to provide homes for poor people across Kerala, and will be launched at the Thiruvananthapuram Fest in Dubai.

It comes as Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) is helping with the construction of a diagnostic centre in Kozhikode to help poor patients in the Malabar region.

“Our plan is to build 14 houses of 400ft2 each and hand over them to eligible poor families who do not have their own house. The estimated construction cost will be a minimum half-a-million Indian rupees ($8,000). We will also try to provide them with a well for drinking water,” said K H M Ashraf, vice-president, KMCC UAE.

“Each house will have a bedroom, hall, kitchen, toilet and, if the budget permits we will bear the cost of digging a well for each house,” said S Shafeek, president, KMCC Thiruvananthapuram.

"KMCC Sharjah, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and other emirates are also contributing to building 1,000 houses for the poor people. Last year, more than 200 houses were handed over to needy people in different parts of Kerala, especially in the Malabar region, and now the scheme is extended to other parts of the state."

Recently, Dubai KMCC officials handed over $128,000 (INR 8m) for the construction of free dialysis units as part of its project to establish free dialysis centres near government hospitals and medical colleges in Kerala.

The Shihab Thangal Diagnostic Centre in Kozhikkodu Medical College is being constructed with the help of Dubai KMCC. The proposed diagnostic centre will offer facilities like MR Scanning, CT Scanning and other medical facilities targeted at the poor and economically backward patients.

Dr Shashi Tharoor, Indian Minister of State for Human Resources and Member of Parliament representing Thiruvananthapuram, will inaugurate the free housing project at the fest.

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