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Bank team visits coastal areas in Nagapattinam

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ON THE SPOT STUDY: C.V. Sankar, Officer on Special Duty (Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation), Tamil Nadu Government (second from right), I.U.B. Reddy (centre), senior social development specialist, World Bank, and other officials inspecting the vulner able points in coastal areas in Nagapattinam on Thursday.
ON THE SPOT STUDY: C.V. Sankar, Officer on Special Duty (Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation), Tamil Nadu Government (second from right), I.U.B. Reddy (centre), senior social development specialist, World Bank, and other officials inspecting the vulner able points in coastal areas in Nagapattinam on Thursday.

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Probes feasibility of building houses within 1000 metres from sea

NAGAPATTINAM: A team of World Bank officials from New Delhi on Thursday inspected vulnerable coastal areas in Nagapattinam district to probe the feasibility of constructing houses within 1000 metres from the sea.

Officer on Special Duty (Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation), Tamil Nadu Government, C.V. Sankar, accompanied the team led by Christoph Pusch, which visited Nagapattinam, Velankanni, Nagore and Tharangampadi.

Mixed response

Senior social development specialist, World Bank, I.U.B. Reddy, and Mr. Sankar interacted with local fishermen to elicit their views on construction of houses in situ within 1,000 metres or in some other places. Official sources said they received a mixed response.

Mr. Sankar said the Government proposed to construct houses with World Bank assistance for fishermen in their coastal hamlets. The World Bank team on Wednesday had visited coastal areas in Kancheepuram, Villupuram and Cuddalore districts.

R. Shanmughasundaram, Special Deputy Collector (Tsunami), Nagapattinam; G. Radha, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, Nagapattinam; Rakhi Bhavani from the World Bank and other officials accompanied the team.

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