The government is likely to hand over as many as 1,431 houses constructed for fishermen living in the coastal villages north of Puducherry to beneficiaries on February 6. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who will be on an official visit here, is likely to hand over the houses, a senior official told The Hindu.

The houses meant for fishermen living in Ganapathichettikulam, Periyakalapet, Chinnakalapet and Pillaichavady, the worst hit villages in the 2004 tsunami, have been constructed at a cost of around Rs. 81 crore.

Constructed on the lines of a township on 26 hectares, the housing colony is self-sustaining in all major aspects. Each house has a built-up area of 325 square feet, a bedroom, hall, kitchen and toilet.

To provide uninterrupted power supply, a 350 KV sub station has been established with underground cable connection. The township has been provided a sewerage treatment plant, two overhead water tanks each having a capacity of 2.5 lakh litres, sodium vapour lamps for the streets, four shopping centres, two community halls and three Anganwadis. The project, costing 4.5 lakh each for the Anganwadis, was taken up by the Women and Child Department, the official said.

The work taken up by the Project Implementation Agency (PIA), floated by the territorial administration for permanent rehabilitation, is one of the largest single housing projects in the country, officials in the PIA said.