The first set of 121 houses constructed under the ‘Kalaignar Veetu Vasathi Thittam' (KVVT) in the district was handed over to the beneficiaries on Friday.
The scheme was aimed at providing concrete houses to poor hut-dwellers and thereby making the State huts-free before 2016.
Minister for State Highways and Minor Ports M. P. Saminathan handed over the key of one such house constructed at Kariyampalayam hamlet under Tirupur block to its owner, Bhuvaneswari Ramasamy.
He later gave away the keys and fruit tree saplings to the other beneficiaries too at a function held at the Collectorate in the presence of Collector C. Samayamoorthy, Mayor K. Selvaraj, and MLAs C. Govindasami (Tirupur), P. Prapavathi (Dharapuram), S. Mani (Pongalur) and Videyal Sekar (Kangeyam), among others.
Of the 121 houses constructed, 13 were in Avinashi block, 12 each in Uthukuli, Tirupur and Mulanur blocks, 10 each in Dharapuram, Kundadam and Udumalpet blocks, nine in Vellakoil block, eight each in Kangeyam, Madathukulam and Pongalur blocks, seven in Gudimangalam block and two in Palladam block.
District Rural Development Agency project director Renuka Devi said that 3,053 more hut dwellers would be provided with concrete houses having Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) roof and a separate toilet under the KVVT in the district before the current financial year end.
“The minimum stipulated area of houses coming up under the KVVT is 207 sq ft,” she added.