Staff Reporter

Construction work to begin in August

KOCHI: Construction of houses for the rehabilitation of 486 families who faced the wrath of tsunami four years ago and those who were persistently threatened by sea erosion will start by August under the Tsunami Rehabilitation Programme (TRP).

The decision was taken at a meeting held at the district collectorate on Friday to review the progress of TRP. The Kerala State Housing Board will appoint an agency for the construction of houses.

Land identified

The district administration has identified 10.25 acres for constructing the houses. Notification has already been issued to acquire the land spread over six villages – Kuzhupilly, Njarakkal, Edavanakkad, Nayarambalam, Kumbalanghi and Chellanam. Of these, the maximum number of houses will come up at Chellanam.

Though the land identified is vacant, five landowners have approached the court seeking to stay the acquisition process. The State government had not approved the land previously identified by the district administration on environmental grounds.

Only two cents

Unlike in other districts where each family will be rehabilitated in three cents of land, in Ernakulam each family will get only two cents, in view of the shortage of land. And houses will be two-storied.

Power, road and water connectivity will be ensured where the families are rehabilitated. Various government departments and agencies will be entrusted with making these arrangements.

Besides, facilities like hospitals and anganwadis will be provided wherever there is a cluster of 50 houses or more.

Mohan Kumar, Deputy Collector (TRP), and P. Indira Devi, Deputy Collector (Revenue Recovery), were among those who attended the meeting.