Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM: The non-governmental organisations that have been assigned the task of constructing 415 permanent houses for the tsunami-affected people at Bommaiyarpalayam in Vanur taluk near here have quit.

Stating this to The Hindu, District Collector R.Palanisamy observed that the NGOs had backed out either due to financial constraints or lack of coordination. However, the project was taken up by the district administration and 197 of these dwelling units had so far been completed and the rest were nearing completion.

However, the NGOs had already constructed 1,442 houses for the coastal community.

Of the 313 houses to be built in the vulnerable rural areas, 108 had been completed and the remaining 205 units were in the final stages of completion.

The Collector said that in the vulnerable coastal areas falling under the Kottakuppam town panchayat 167 units would be constructed. Of these 46 had been completed and 121 were under construction.

The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board would complete the construction of 62 houses in Vasavankuppam and 263 in Chinna Mudaliar Chavadi areas by March 2010, the Collector added.