Rs.1,079 cr. spent for tsunami relief and rehabilitation: Collector

Special Correspondent

Nagapattinam: Nearly Rs.1,079 crore has been spent by the Government, non-Governmental organisations (NGOs) and through financial assistance from World Bank and Asian Development Bank for carrying out tsunami relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities in the last two years in the district, said the Collector, Tenkasi S. Jawahar, here on Monday.

Talking to presspersons on the eve of the second anniversary of tsunami disaster that claimed 6,065 lives in the coastal areas covering the five taluks of Sirkazhi, Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam, Kilvelur and Vedaranyam, the Collector said that about 4,000 permanent houses would be handed over to the tsunami victims during the ensuing Pongal festival. He said that more than 2,000 permanent houses had already been handed over to the affected persons in the district.

Mr. Jawahar pointed out that it was decided to construct 18,634 permanent houses in 76 locations in the district of which about 6,000 houses had so far been constructed and the remaining under various stages of construction. Forty-eight NGOs have been entrusted with the task of constructing 16,829 houses and 1,805 houses would be built by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (1,020 houses) and through the Rajiv Gandhi Tsunami Relief Package Fund (785 houses), he said.

The Collector said that the NGOs had already provided relief to the tsunami victims, including free supply of more than 2,500 new fibreglass boats with engines and fishing nets, to the tune of Rs.79 crore. The NGOs were now spending nearly Rs.354 crore for various rehabilitation works, including construction of permanent houses for the tsunami-hit families in the district.

The district got assistance, including Rs.101 crore from the World Bank, Rs.152 crore from the Asian Development Bank, Rs.192 crore from the Central Reserve Fund for tsunami reconstruction activities in the district.

He pointed out that the district administration had acquired about 603 acres of land (private, temple, Government poromboke and donated lands) at a cost of Rs.30 crore and provided to the NGOs free of cost for construction of permanent houses in 79 locations in the district.

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