Staff Reporter

Survey on to identify edifices near sea, which are vulnerable to natural calamities

Tuticorin: Collector R. Palaniyandi has said work on construction of 781 permanent houses for tsunami-hit families, each built at a cost of Rs.1.5 lakh on a 300 square feet area, would be expedited, and handed over to the beneficiaries before the end of this year.

Of the total houses, 152 were being established at Manappadu, 70 at Kayalpattinam, 23 at Veerapandianpattinam, 72 at Tiruchendur, 81 at Kulasekarapattinam, 45 at Periyathalai, 75 at Vembar, 16 at Keezha Vyppar, 15 at Chippikulam, 27 at Tharuvaikulam, three at Pattinamaradur and 202 in Tuticorin, he said.

Dr. Palaniyandi added that a survey was under way in the 23 coastal villages in the district to identify edifices situated within one km from the sea, which are vulnerable to natural calamities such as tsunami.

"A report based on the surveyhighlighting the number of houses needed to be reconstructed, will be submitted to the government before July 15." All houses which were built of mud walls and thatched roofs should be reconstructed, Dr Palaniyandi added.

Relief for woman

Earlier on Monday, Dr. Palaniyandi distributed relief to the kin of Kumaravel, who was killed in an accident at Ettayapuram last year.Ramalakshmi, wife of the deceased, received Rs. 15,000 under Accident Relief Fund Scheme of ther State Government.