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Tamil Nadu to build safety wall

Saturday 8 January 2005, by DAS*Swati

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa on Friday said that her government was planning to build a wall along the state’s 1,076-km coastline as a shield against cyclones and tsunamis.

Jayalalithaa initially said such a project would cost Rs 3,000 crore. But after a meeting later with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she said the projected cost would be Rs 2,000 crore more.

She said Singh reacted to the idea of a wall from Chennai to Kanyakumari by suggesting a loan from the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank.

She didn’t give any other details about the proposed wall or its environmental impact during an all-party meeting.

She also dismissed allegations that relief work was slow and pointed out that Tamil Nadu was already into the second phase of reconstruction unlike other tsunami-hit regions.

See online : Times of India

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