"Landslip relief work in full swing"

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi said on Wednesday that relief measures were on in full swing in the Coonoor-Mettupalayam area, hit by landslips on Tuesday.

In a statement here, Mr. Karunanidhi said the Chief Minister's Office was in touch with officials of both the districts and Khadi Minister K.Ramachandran and directed them to take up relief and repair work on a war-footing.

Traffic diverted

Work on restoring the road link was on. Landslips had been reported from 17 places along the road. Traffic has been diverted via Kothagiri for the time being.

Action had been taken to give Rs.50,000 to next of kin of the truck cleaner killed in the landslip, he said.

Land distribution scheme

The Chief Minister said the second phase of `land for landless' scheme would begin on December 17. Mr. Karunanidhi said he had seen reports that the Sarvodaya movement had donated one acre each to 5,000 Adi Dravidar women.

The organisation had been given exemption from stamp duty and registration.

Recalling an instance of "inaction" on the part of the earlier AIADMK regime, Mr.Karunanidhi said though the Dr.Ambedkar Makkal Sangam had requested waiver of stamp duty and registration fee for a similar distribution, no decision was taken. After the DMK came back to power, he had signed the file granting the exemption.

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