They chip in for tsunami victims

A noble gesture

A noble gesture  

WAVES OF sympathy and assistance from Coimbatore keep heading towards the tsunami-affected areas in the State.

The latest is the donation of Rs.27 lakhs by jewellers Kirtilal Kalidas towards housing for the victims at the badly hit Kameshwaram Village in the Nagapattinam District.

While the organisation has contributed Rs.25 lakhs, the employees donated Rs.2 lakhs.

A cheque for the amount was handed over recently to the Kovai Aid for Rehabilitation and Motivation (KARAM) that was formed by the citizen's of Coimbatore soon after the calamity struck to provide assistance to the victims.

Usha K. Mehta of the Kirtilal Kalidas Group handed over the cheque to the Chairman and Managing Trustee of KARAM, L.G. Varadaraj and the trustee, B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar.

The Kameshwaram Rehabilitation Project of KARAM aims at construction of 210 houses, providing boats, engine and fishing nets, basic infrastructure such as roads, power, community hall, a primary health centre, shops and a boat repair unit.

Drinking water supply, sanitation and improvements to schools are the other objectives.

The total cost of the project is Rs.4.5 crores and KARAM has, so far, received Rs.2.52 crores.

A 24-member executive committee of KARAM has visited Kameshwaram four times, prepared a project report and submitted it to the Collector of Nagapattinam for approval.

Stating that it is the first non-Governmental organisation to be allowed to adopt a village, KARAM says its members had discussions with the Collector, officials of various Government departments involved in the rehabilitation process, the village panchayat, and the people to know the requirements of the tsunami-affected.

By K. V. Prasad

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