Sathya Sai Housing Project In K’para Reaches Final Stage

Sathya Sai Housing Project In K’para Reaches Final Stage
BHUBANESWAR | Monday, March 30, 2009 | Pioneer News Service | Paradip

The Sathya Sai Housing Project at Samjori, Tikhiri and Mahanangala villages in Kendrapara district is on the verge of completion and the keys of the houses will be handed over to the beneficiaries soon by Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba himself at Prasanthi Nilayam in the first week of April.

It is worth mentioning here that after hearing the plight of the villagers affected by floods last year, Baba had declared to construct economical houses funded by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam with technical expertise from L&T for the poor villagers. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Orissa had reached to the interior areas of the villages during flood to distribute relief. The organisation also carried out surveys in the marooned villages and selected beneficiaries to be included under the housing scheme.

Thereafter, a target was fixed to complete the houses within two months. However the same could not be completed within the stipulated time due to inaccessible road conditions for transporting construction materials, earmarking of lands for constructing the houses and other various factors.

However, due to the tireless efforts of the devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Orissa and the grace of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the project is in the final stage.

A total number of 60 houses have been constructed in these three villages of Kendrapara district under the guidance of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samiti, Paradip.

It is reported that the Gruhapravesha festival is likely to be carried out during second week of April.

It is learnt from the youth coordinator of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samiti, Paradip, Narahari Subudhi, that the beneficiaries of the houses are travelling to Puttaparthi on March 31, 2009 by Prasanthi Express to receive the house keys from Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

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Sathya Sai Baba To Hand Over Houses To Flood-Hit On Ram Navami

Sathya Sai Baba To Hand Over Houses To Flood-Hit On Ram Navami
PNS | Cuttack

Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba will offer keys of the newly-constructed houses under the Sai Kutir Yojana to the families which were severely affected by the devastating floods in the State last year.

He will hand over the keys of these housed on the occasion of the Ram Navami on April 3 at Puttaparti in Andhra Pradesh.

Six hundred two families of 14 villages in Cuttack, Puri and Kendrapara districts are included under the Yojna. Out of these, 200 families will be rehabilitated in the first phase. About Rs 6 crore is estimated to be spent in the construction of these 602 houses. Construction company L&T under the super vision of Chalpati Prusti and Ramkrushna Prusty, the engineers of the Prasanti Nilayam, is constructing these houses.

Heads of these 200 families along with their wives are invited to Puttaparti. Expenditure of transporting and lodging will be bore by the Satya Sai Sangathan.

They will get the blessings of Baba, besides new clothes and home appliances. The family members led by Sangathan’s State wing president Prof Harikrushna Das will start their journey on March 30.

The members in support of the Sangathan will present a cultural programme on their miserable conditions after the devastation by the flood and the grace of Baba.

In another programme, these beneficiaries through a song-drama based on the life of the Mythological character Sabari will request Baba to come to Orissa.

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Orissa Flood Relief: Housing Project

Orissa Flood Relief: Housing Project

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


During third week of September, 2008, depression in the Bay of Bengal led to heavy rains & floods in coastal region of the state of Orissa in India. The embankments along the rivers Mahanadi, Brahmani and Baitarani were breached in many places thereby flooding more than 6,000 villages in 18 districts of the state leaving about 40 lakh (or 4 million) people homeless. The districts of Kendrapara, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack were the worst affected. Relief work was slow and inadequate due to the continuous inclement weather and insufficient infrastructure. Many roads, bridges and railway tracks were either completely washed away or had become unusable. Having robbed thousands of their houses, properties, livestock, and livelihoods, nature’s fury left behind a trail of devastation and despondency of unseen magnitude in recent times in the country.
Sathya Sai Baba Blesses Orissa Flood Victims

Sathya Sai Baba Blesses Orissa Flood Victims


Meanwhile with Bhagawan’s blessings, the members of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in Orissa and its neighbouring states rushed to their brethren in distress with food, clothing, medicines, and other relief materials. But Bhagawan was not content with this. It was on 7th October, the sacred day of Ayudha Pooja during the Dasara festival at Prasanthi Nilayam that everyone came to know of Bhagawan’s Sankalpa (resolve). Sri V.Srinivasan, the All India President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in his speech stated that Bhagawan was moved by the suffering of thousands of people who had been rendered homeless due to the recent floods in the state of Orissa and that He had decided to construct new concrete houses for them. The entire Sai Kulwant Hall was reverberating with applause for a long time at this spontaneous act of compassion of Divine Mother Sai for Her children in distress. Sri Srinivasan further mentioned that surveys were being conducted and plans were being drawn up at a rapid pace so that the houses would be ready at the earliest and, of course, Bhagawan was looking in to every minute detail to ensure that the people would feel happy and comfortable in their new homes. For instance, in places which are prone to frequent flooding, the houses are being constructed at safe height from the ground level. Also, agriculture being the predominant occupation of the villagers, space is being provided all around the house to shelter cattle and also to store the harvest.
Sai Seva And The Orissa Floods

Sai Seva And The Orissa Floods


A team comprising of representatives of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Orissa conducted detailed surveys in various places. Beholding the messengers of hope, the flood-affected inhabitants of the villages welcomed them with great respect and expressed joy and gratitude that God had responded to their prayers for succour. Having conducted surveys and finalized the plans, the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, with the approval and cooperation of Government of Orissa commenced the Housing project with Bhoomi Pooja (ground breaking ceremony) on 30th November, 2008. As a part of Bhoomi Pooja, Nagarsankeertan (collective singing of Lord’s name while going around the village), Narayana Seva (distribution of food, clothes, blankets, etc.) was also conducted. Members of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Orissa have been providing able assistance in many ways due to their knowledge of local people and terrain.
Orissa Flood Victims Fed And Clothed

Orissa Flood Victims Fed And Clothed


Work is progressing in a planned and phased manner simultaneously in many villages in the districts of Kendrapara, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack. Yet another saga of love is being unfolded… this time in a different setting and to a different section of people, but doubtlessly it is the same Divine Love of Bhagawan reaching out to His children.
Free Housing For Flood Victims In Orissa

Free Housing For Flood Victims In Orissa


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Sri Sathya Sai Baba Trust To Provide Houses For Flood-Hit

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Trust To Provide Houses For Flood-Hit

ISTBHUBANESWAR: Satya Sai Seva Organisation (SSSO), a charitable trust of Sri Satya Sai Baba, has offered to help out the flood-hit people by providing them houses in clusters.

A delegation led by all-India Sathya Sai Seva Organisation president V. Srinivasan discussed the issue with Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy here today. Later, the delegation met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Sathya Sai Seva Organisation proposed to construct 1,200 pucca buildings for the flood-affected BPL families in the districts of Cuttack, Jagatsingpur, Kendrapara and Puri, State convenor Parsuram Sahu told mediapersons.

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


The organisation today sought permission of the government to provide land free of cost for construction of housing colonies in the four districts.

It has tentatively identified locations and the beneficiaries, Sahu said adding, SSSO only required the Government approval.

Number of houses in a particular housing colony will depend on the size of the land available. The proposed colonies will have all the basic facilities including road, school, play ground, drinking water and sanitation. Each of the beneficiaries will be provided a two-bedroom house with kitchen, latrine and bathroom. Individual houses will be constructed over an area of 1,200 sq ft at a cost of Rs 1.5 lakh.

It has planned to construct houses for 2,000 families. However, all depends on the availability of land, Sahu said and added that the Government is very enthusiastic about the proposal.

If everything goes as per the plan, the projects will be launched on November 15 and will be completed in four months. Latest housing technologies will be used to make it cost-effective, he said.

President of the organisation’s State unit Harekrushna Dash, S.N. Mohapatra and Antaryami Patnaik were present.

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