Staff Reporter

Nagercoil: All tsunami-affected fishermen in the coastal areas of Kanyakumari district will be provided with permanent houses with all other infrastructure facilities by the end of April. Works on constructing 3400 houses were going on in full swing and all non-governmental organisations, which had been engaged in constructing permanent houses, had also agreed to hand over the keys to fishermen before the period fixed by the district administration, said the Collector, Sunil Paliwal.

Distributing the keys of newly constructed houses to 19 fishermen at Arockiyapuram near Kanyakumari on Friday, he said the Government had already spent Rs7.50 crores to acquire lands in the coastal areas for permanent houses to fishermen.

Besides constructing 2,500 houses to tsunami-affected people, it was also decided to shift 900 houses situated 40 feet from high tidal line.

Fishermen families, which were residing this area, had also agreed to shift their houses in safer place.

A sum of Rs.25 lakhs would be spent on constructing a community hall at Arockiyapuram, said the Collector.