Chennai: As part of government efforts to
provide houses to the tsunami hit, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa on Tuesday handed over 8,251 houses constructed at a
cost of Rs 303 crore, to beneficiaries in 11 coastal districts
that were affected by the 2004 calamity.
Jayalalithaa handed over the houses through
video-conferencing from the Secretariat, an official
release here said.
Chief Jayalalithaa had drawn up the Emergency Tsunami
Rehabilitation Scheme in 2005.It was envisaged that 14,364
houses would be built for 444 villages of 11 coastal districts
that were severely affected by tsunami on December 26, 2004.
In the first phase it was decided to construct 8,251 houses at
a cost of Rs 303 crore supported by World Bank.
Cost of construction of an house measuring 325 square foot
was Rs 3.75 lakh, it said, adding, each one was insured for
State Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural
Development K P Munusamy, Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi
and senior government officials participated in the function,
the statement added.