CUDDALORE: A total number of 52,569 houses will be built in the Tamil Nadu coastal areas vulnerable to natural disasters such as cyclone and the tsunami, according to M.Farooqui, Special Commissioner and Commissioner for Revenue Administration.
For the purpose two packages — Rajiv Gandhi and World Bank programmes — have been put in place to be implemented at an aggregate cost of Rs. 1,500 crore to provide shelter and other facilities in the coastal areas.
These would include 78 cyclone shelters, each to be built at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore, formation of escape routes and installation of warning systems, Mr. Farooqui told presspersons here on Thursday after attending the review meeting on the tsunami rahabilitation programmes being implemented in Cuddalore, Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Thanjavur districts.
Mr. Farooqui said the beneficiaries would be free to select from five models of houses to be constructed under the programmes. Each house would come up on 325 sq.ft of land with all basic amenities.
The construction might take about seven months to one year, and if it were to be built in situ by demolishing the existing tenements, each such household would be given a monthly assistance of Rs. 500 to enable them to find alternative accommodation till the construction was over.
C.V.Sankar, Special Officer (Relief and Rehabilitation), and District Collectors Rajendra Ratnoo (Cuddalore), Brajendra Navnit (Villupuram), Rajendra Kumar (Tiruvallur), Vijaya Rajkumar (Thanjavur) and Additional Collector Archana Patnaik (Kancheepuram) participated.