Staff Reporter

NGOs, voluntary agencies have expedited the work, says the Collector

NAGAPATTINAM: The construction of permanent houses for tsunami victims in Nagapattinam district has made good progress, with non-governmental organisations and other voluntary agencies having expedited the work, Collector J. Radhakrishnan said on Friday.

He was laying the foundation for 75 permanent houses at Nagore, which will be built at a cost of Rs. 1.25 crores from the Rotary International District-2980 Tsunami Relief Fund.

In all, 17,461 permanent houses would be constructed in 69 locations for the affected families of 79 coastal villages. The houses were under various stages of construction. Nearly 2,000 houses had so far been built, and 444 had been handed over to the beneficiaries.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said he had instructed the NGOs to complete the construction by April-end so that the affected now staying in temporary shelters could occupy the houses as early as possible. More than 45 NGOs and voluntary associations started the construction of permanent houses as per the Government's norms.

Velayutha Ravindran, Rotary District-2980 Governor, said Reinhard Fricke, Rotary Governor-Elect of Rotary International district-1870, Germany, and Annelie Fabry, Past District Governor, Innerwheel District, Germany, donated Rs.75 lakhs for the house construction project.

R. Ketharnathan, Past District Governor and Chairman of the Tsunami Relief Committee of RI District-2980, said 53 mechanised trawlers, which got stuck one km off Pazhayar in marshy land were brought to the shore in 45 days through the efforts of the Rotary Districts in India and the United Kingdom in April last year.