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Permanent shelters for tsunami victims will be ready by April

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17,461 shelters will be constructed in 79 locations, says Nagapattinam Collector


  • Foundation laid for 100 permanent shelters at Thethee
  • They will cost Rs.1.80 crores and come up on nine acres allotted by the Government
  • District administration has acquired 221 hectares in 65 locations for shelters
  • 2,696 permanent shelters were under various stages of construction in 65 places



    STONE LAID: Collector J. Radhakrishnan laying the foundation for permanent shelters at Thethee near Nagore in Nagapattinam district on Saturday.

    NAGAPATTINAM: : The construction of permanent shelters for tsunami victims in Nagapattinam district will be completed by the end of April next year. In all, 17,461 shelters will be constructed in 79 locations, Collector J. Radhakrishnan said on Saturday.

    The Collector laid the foundation for 100 permanent shelters, being constructed by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, at Thethee near Nagore for the people of Silladi Nagar. The shelters would be built at a cost of Rs.1.80 crores on nine acres allotted by the Government.

    Mr. Radhakrishnan said that out of 303 hectares required in 79 locations, the administration had acquired 221 hectares in 65 locations for the construction of permanent shelters. The land included 86.40 hectares of private land, 41.83 hectares of temple land and 8.50 hectares of government poromboke land.

    He said 2,696 permanent shelters were under various stages of construction in 65 places, and work began on 2,133 permanent shelters. The land had been acquired for construction of 9,095 permanent shelters.

    Mr. Radhakrishnan said several private parties, including non-governmental organisations had invested Rs.350 crores in rehabilitation work in the district. The Government had disbursed Rs.180 crores towards relief.

    H. Abdur Raqeeb, president, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, who presided over the function, said the Jamaat-e-Islami decided to construct 100 houses at Thethee in Nagore, 50 at Kottai Kuppam, 12 at Ahmed Nagar and five at Tirumullaivasal. Mr. Abdur Raqeeb said the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind had established four hubs to coordinate the relief work in Chennai, Nagore, Colachal and Cuddalore. Three types of kits - family, relief and Janata worth Rs.57 lakhs — were given to 7,000 victims.

    Ranvir Prasad, Additional Collector (Rehabilitation) and Nizamudeen, former MLA, spoke.

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