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State to reconstruct two townships in Tamil Nadu

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Health and Family Welfare Minister, N. Cheluvaraya Swamy said here on Saturday that the Karnataka Government will soon take up reconstruction of two townships in Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts of Tamil Nadu as part of the tsunami relief work.

Speaking to presspersons here, Mr. Cheluvaraya Swamy, who is also the Chairman of the Karnataka chapter of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), said the blueprint for the project is in the final stages and it will be ready shortly. (The IRCS-K is coordinating tsunami relief work taken up by various agencies in the State.)

Rs. 2-crore project

The Minister said the two townships will have 50 houses each with power and water supply and sanitation facilities. A school and a hospital will be constructed. The total cost of the project is about Rs. 2 crores, he added.

The Karnataka Government is in touch with the district administrations of Nagapattinam and Cuddalore for finalising the land where the townships are to be built, he added.

He said the IRCS-K has received contributions of Rs. 3 crores in cash and relief material worth Rs. 50 lakhs. The State Government has already released Rs. 40 lakhs to tsunami-hit Sri Lanka, Rs. 15 lakhs each to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, and Rs. 5 lakhs to Kerala, he added. According to Mohammed Sanaullah, Health Commissioner, the relief work will be taken up in accordance to the suggestions made by the district administrations of Nagapattinam and Cuddalore.

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