PM announces Rs 26 billion tsunami package
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PM announces Rs 26 billion tsunami package

Money has also been allotted for a tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 18:15 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday announced a Rs 26 billion rehabilitation programme for victims of the tsunami that ravaged the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on December 26, 2004.

The Prime Minister, who is on a two-day visitto the islands to take stock of the progress made in the relief and rehabilitation of the tsunami victims, called upon the civil society to play a bigger role in the management of the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

"I have come to see for myself how things are progressing. The government has approved a long-term tsunami rehabilitation programme costing about Rs 26 billon. I will familiarise myself with the progress made so far," he said.

Manmohan Singh also examined the progress made in rebuilding the Haddo wharf, an important communication and transport link damaged in the tsunami.

"I am told that the passenger terminal that is proposed to be built will have three times the capacity of the earlier damaged one. I hope it becomes the busiest hub for lakhs of visiting passengers and tourists in future,"he added.

In the wake of the tsunami, the government said it was committed to developing a tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean, which will cost 27 million dollors and will be ready in two to three years.

The system would involve installation of Deep Ocean Assessment Reporting Technology at a depth of sixkilometres in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.

Earlier, Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stones for a passenger terminal and a working women's hostel being funded entirely from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 18:15 IST