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Panel to rebuild 42 coastal villages

Staff Reporter

Focus on tsunami-hit habitations

VIJAYAWADA: For the first time, the district administration has set up a coordination committee with Government and non-Government organisations and launched a massive scheme in the tsunami-hit coastal villages of the district.

Making best use of the assistance being offered by the NGOs after the tsunami, the administration is all set to rebuild 42 coastal villages by constructing pucca houses for the poor. Each coastal village would get one multipurpose building, which would house a school or a community hall in normal days and provide shelter to the villagers during calamities like cyclones and floods.

Basic facilities

The villages will also be connected with basic facilities such as roads and electricity. Besides taking up construction activity, the coordination committee would also provide boats, nets and other necessary equipment for fishermen.

Single window system

"A week after the tsunami, many NGOs offered contributions like foodgrain, clothes and money to assist the victims. We found that it was time for distributing the relief from a single window to maintain uniformity.

The contributions continue to pour in even after we closed down the relief camps," the Joint Collector and in-charge of tsunami relief operations, P. Sampath Kumar, said. It was then that the district administration decided to take up permanent relief measures in the coastal villages by using the assistance offered by NGOs.

Organisations like Social Service Centre, AMG International, CGDP, Joyce Mary Ministries, World Vision and Oxfam offered help to build houses to villagers and gave their consent to contribute over Rs. 6 crores for the cause.

"On the other hand, the State Government has announced construction of 3,700 houses to fishermen and 1,500 houses to others. Taking the consent of the NGOs into account, we have chalked out plans to build 5,200 houses in 42 villages in the next two years," Mr. Kumar explained.

The Joint Collector sought clearance from the State Government to take up housing with the help of NGOs, which is expected to come soon.

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