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Chief Minister Raman Singh lays foundation stone for construction of 125 permanent houses at Panangudi at a cost of Rs.3 crore

NAGAPATTINAM: The Chhattisgarh Government will construct 125 permanent houses for tsunami-hit people at Panangudi near here at a cost of Rs. 3 crore.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh laid the foundation stone for the houses here on Sunday. Mr. Singh said his Government decided to help the tsunami affected when he met Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, after visiting the affected areas immediately after the disaster. It had sent 2,200 tonnes of rice and huge quantity of bamboos and tarpaulin as immediate relief.

Mr. Singh said the Chhattisgarh Government, in consultation with the Tamil Nadu Government, selected Panangudi. The houses would be constructed in coordination with Hudco and Seva Bharathi.

R. Vaithilingam, Minister for Forests and Environment, said the Tamil Nadu Government had disbursed about Rs.180 crore towards relief and rehabilitation of the tsunami affected in Nagapattinam district.

More than Rs. 30 crore was spent on purchasing land for constructing permanent houses. In all 17,461 permanent houses would be constructed in 79 locations in the district by NGOs. About 2,000 houses were nearing completion.

Collector J. Radhakrishnan, lauded the Chhattisgarh Government gesture.

Earlier, Mr. Singh planted a sapling on the Collectorate campus and participated in `go pooja' (cow pooja) at Muneeswarar temple.

A number of officials and dignitaries including Subhash Rao and Sanjay Shukla, Chairman and Commissioner respectively of Chhattisgarh Housing Board; Ananthkumar, former Union Minister, and C.P. Radhakrishnan, State president of the BJP, spoke.