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Sustainable Reconstruction Initiative in Tsunami affected villages of Karaikal, Pondicherry, India

The Swiss Red Cross and Swiss Solidarity, in collaboration with the lndian NGO Development Alternatives, took the initiative to reconstruct permanent houses in the Karaikal region, Pondicherry state. Skat has the mandate of conceptual and technical backstopping.

The project is designed to provide an appropriate response to the reconstruction and rehabilitation needs of 908 families in three villages Karaikalmedu, Kottucherrymedu and Kilinjalmedu.
The project responds to the identified priority needs of families in the affected villages, these being:

  • Redevelopment of village settlements with community facilities and infrastructure
  • Reconstruction of houses with basic amenities
  • Economic opportunities and incomes
  • Knowledge and skills safe and sustainable building construction practices

The main achievements of the project are:

  • Three village settlements have been designed following cultural requirements, incorporating roads, drains, rain-water harvesting systems, landscaping features, etc.
  • House have been designed in response to people's needs and cultural requirements incorporating structural safe features, use of environmentally friendly construction materials and technologies such as fly-ash based bricks and rat trap technique of construction.
  • 150 houses have been handed over to the beneficiaries in October 2007,  758 are under construction and will be completed by march 2008.
  • Community facilities such as chills care centers and community halls were designed.
  • Over 70 artisans were trained in safe and sustainable construction techniques and supported the set up of five enterprises producing fly-ash blocks. 
  • Other activities include the greening of new settlements, eco-friendly  street construction, as well as, capacity building of families on hygiene issues.