Srinagar: Reliance Foundation, a charity organization of corporate giant Reliance Group headed by the wealthiest Indian, Mukesh Ambani, has handed over its first dwelling unit to a flood affected family in Summerbugh village here, a spokesperson of the organisation said.
He said, “The dwelling is the first mid-term shelter built under Reliance Foundation’s ‘Mission Rahat’ program, which plans to build hundred midterm such houses for the flood-affected people of Kashmir.”
“This demonstrative model house will be replicated in other badly hit areas. It was specially designed to fulfil two critical requirements: speed of construction and protection from the biting cold. Thus, while the shelter was built in less than ten days with local available and reusable materials, it is also strong enough to withstand the battering of snowfall it will receive all through the harsh winter,” said the spokesman.
“Keeping the urgency of the situation in mind, Reliance Foundation has undertaken to build another 100 mid-term shelters. It is also exploring, with experts, the possibility of improving the structure and speeding up construction even further.”
The statement further said, in the six weeks of “Mission Rahat”, Reliance Foundation has held 40 medical camps and 19 camps for supply of food and materials in 60 locations in Srinagar city and the districts of Bandipore, Badgaum and Baramulla. In the Jammu region of Mohur, Riasi disctrict, Reliance Foundation held 15 relief camps cumulatively reaching help to more than 37,000 persons in the state so far.
Reliance Foundation flew in about 50 doctors and paramedical staff for the health camps, pressed in about 40 staffers from the Foundation, aided by another 10 Reliance staffers stationed in J&K, and brought in about 200 tonnes of food and 7491 kg of medicines.
“The soul of the entire mission were the 63 local volunteers. These young men and women, most of them flood victims themselves, devised a foolproof method to identify, verify and distribute relief in an orderly and peaceful manner. Reliance Foundation salutes their spirit of service and the indomitable spirit of the Jammu and Kashmir people as a whole,” the statement said.