JU alumni helping Amphan victims to restore their 'Chhad'

The Alumni batch of Jadavpur University came forward to help the victims of Amphan devastation. As the first step, they have decided to hand over five houses to the victims by the next Bengali New Year. The alumni plan to build 500 houses as early as possible. Vice-chancellor Suranjan das praised the initiative of the alumni at a press conference on Friday at Jadavpur University, regarding this issue.

Project CHHAD successfully helping the victims of Amphan. Source: Facebook

He said that the 4 alumni of the Electronics and Telecommunication department are the first to take such initiative in this regard. The vice-chancellor said, “The University will provide all possible assistance in this regard.” These initiator alumni are Suryadeepta Dutta, Chitralekha Dutta, Avik Mukhopadhyay, and Arup Chakroborty. They are the alumni of Responsibility 1991. According to Suryadeepta, the group of alumni realized that they should stand for the victims and help them after the Amphan happened. They started working on this issue by interacting with their classmates through social media. This initiative has been named ‘CHHAD’.

At first 10 houses are being built in Baliadanga of Hasnabad block in North 24 Parganas as a Pilot project. The first five will be handed over on the holy day of Poila Boishakh. Their goal is to build 500 houses for the victims in Amphan. There are also plans to provide access to drinking water, toilets, and rural health services, as well as self-help groups. Apart from this, it has been planned to make arrangements for their livelihood by forming self-reliant groups.

The alumni team wants to apply to various organizations in the future for help regarding this work. Suryadeepta said, “ We want companies to help us through the Corporate Social Responsibility Project.” Deep tube wells have already been installed for drinking water in Baliadanga. The construction of the houses has also started. The houses under construction are designed by Siddhartha Sengupta, a former construction engineering alumni of 2011. The houses will have a bedroom and sitting room as well as toilets and kitchens.

Sadhan Lei is one of the five people who will get this house in the first phase. Sadhan Babu said that all of the victims are daily laborers. In Amphan, their residing places were completely devastated. After that, the alumni group came, stood beside, and decided to help them.

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