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DWELLINGS: The permanent houses at Idinthakarai in Tirunelveli district. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.
DWELLINGS: The permanent houses at Idinthakarai in Tirunelveli district. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.

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Welfare assistance was also distributed to them

TIRUNELVELI: A total of 450 permanent houses constructed at Idinthakarai, a coastal hamlet about 80 km from here, for tsunami survivors by Tirunelveli Sector of Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) were inaugurated on Wednesday.

At a function held in this new colony, the Director of CASA, New Delhi, Sushant Agrawal, handed over the keys of the houses to the district administration.

The Tirunelveli Sector of CASA, comprising Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Tuticorin districts, is constructing 1,005 permanent disaster-resistant houses, two community halls and a multi-purpose disaster shelter in the tsunami-affected coastal hamlets of these three districts.

The beneficiary villages are Idinthakarai (450 houses with multi-purpose disaster shelter), Thillaivanamthoppu (65 houses with community hall), Thomaiyarpuram (79 houses), a part of Periyathaazhai (80 houses) all in Tirunelveli district, Periyathaazhai (45 houses), Veerapandianpattinam (23 houses), Vembar (75 houses with community hall), Kaayalpattinam (70 houses), Tharuvaikulam (30 houses), Keezha Vaippaar (31 houses), all in Tuticorin district, Eravipuththanthurai (33 houses) and Chinnathurai (24 houses), both in Kanyakumari district. After CASA came forward for the construction of permanent houses for tsunami survivors of Idinthakarai, the district administration allocated 23.50 acres. Each house, constructed on three cents with an area of 435 sq.ft., costs about Rs. 2.05 lakh.

Apart from the houses, a multi-purpose disaster shelter has also been constructed in this colony, just 1.50 km away from the village, which lost two lives to killer waves on December 26, 2004.

The district administration has taken the responsibility of providing road, electricity and drainage facilities, internal roads, streetlights, public taps, community hall and drinking water to this hamlet, where an overhead tank with the capacity of 60,000 litres has been built at an outlay of Rs. 8.80 lakh.

Along with the construction of permanent disaster resistant shelters, CASA provided initial capital investments for 15 small business ventures and 19 artisans, dairy units to four poor families, goat-rearing units for 21 families, fish vending kits to 117 fish vendors, eight boats with engines and nets to 32 persons under joint ownership, all to tsunami survivors of Idinthakarai.

Several funding agencies, including Canadian International Development Agency, United Church of Canada, Anglican Church in Canada have funded the ongoing tsunami rehabilitation projects of CASA.

The Radhapuram MLA, M. Appavu, Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Irenaeus, Chairman CASA, Rt. Rev. Jayapaul David, the CSI Bishop of Tirunelveli diocese, the first secretary (development), Calvin R. Piggot, the Project Officer, DRDA, F. Abdul Razick, and others participated.

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