Raipur, Oct 25 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government will finish construction of a set of 125 houses for tsunami victims in Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam district by March next year, an official said.
The two-bedroom single-storied independent houses are being built at Pannagudi village in coastal Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu that was completely destroyed by the December 2004 tsunami in which over 7,000 people were killed in the state alone.
'We are investing Rs.2.91 million for construction of a cluster of 125 independent quality-based houses at village Pannagudi in Nagapattinam district,' Subhash Rao, chairman, Chhattisgarh Housing Board, told IANS Wednesday.
Tamil Nadu gave a five-acre plot to Chhattisgarh in August 2005 for the project in Pannagudi on the request of Chief Minister Raman Singh, who wanted to construct a chain of houses in various coastal villages in the state for tsunami-hit families and give them free of cost.
'The Tamil Nadu government offered just a five-acre land to Chhattisgarh for the housing project though we wanted to invest millions as a gesture of humanity to tsunami-hit families in Kanyakumari and other districts,' the official said.
Raman Singh had laid the foundation stone for construction of the houses in January this year and the state housing board was appointed as the nodal agency for the project.
'We are constructing a two-bed room set with a spacious staircase and verandah on a plot area of 950 sq feet free of cost for fishermen whose entire economy was destroyed and family members killed,' the housing board chairman stated.
Construction was on at a fast pace and engineers of the board were camping at the site to ensure good quality construction. The houses would be handed over to beneficiaries identified by the Nagapattinam district administration by March 2007, he said.