Special Correspondent

Karaikal: Mukut Mithi, Lt.Governor of Puducherry, on Monday, handed over 230 permanent houses to tsunami victims at Pattinacherry in Karaikal district in the Union Territory of Puducherry built by Mittal Steel Company, Netherlands and Lakshmi and Usha Mittal Foundation Mumbai.

Mr. Mithi, who lauded the social service of the Mittal Steel Company, wanted the beneficiaries to maintain the houses properly.

Earlier, the Lt. Governor inspected the construction of a new bridge at a cost of Rs.5 crore across the Arasalar river that collapsed in the tsunami. The new structure would be in addition to the bridge that was built across the Arasalar river just 200 feet away from the present one under construction.

Mr Mithi also inaugurated a link road in Karaikal built at a cost of Rs.1.10 crore and named as `Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Road'

N. Vasantha Kumar, Karaikal Collector, Prof. M. Ramadass, MP, Puducherry and others participated in the function.