Nagapattinam: After complaints emerged about villagers blocking relief-laden vehicles bound for interior hamelts, the district administration on Saturday set up three centres to guide them to the intended locations. Officials at the guidance centres will redirect the relief materials to the cyclone-hit villages where the need for assistance is more than others.The police will also escort the vehicles to the localities to make sure that they reach their destinations without any hiccups. Ever since Gaja made a landfall near Vedaranyam last week, leaving a mound of debris even in landlocked districts, monetary and material assistance have been pouring in from across the country.
The volunteers rushing in to the affected districts are apparently unaware of the exact directions and also without the list of the worst-affected hamlets. Taking advantage, local residents started intercepting them on the way and taking away the relief materials.
The three guidance centres are strategically located in three gateways of Nagapattinam district, including Tiruvarur-Nagapattinam road, Thiruthuraipoondi-Nagapattinam road, and on Karaikal-Nagapattinam road. They will have information on the villages in imminent need of relief materials. The vehicles with essential commodities will be sent to such villages.
“Police escort for the vehicles carrying relief materials will be provided from the guidance centres. The objective is to equally cover all the affected hamlets with the relief materials coming from various parts of the state,” said S Saravanan, assistant project officer, Magalir Thittam, Nagapattinam.
For relief materials arriving from Tiruvarur, a guidance centre has been established at Kurukathi Higher Secondary School, near Kizhvelur. More details can be had by dialling this number: 94440-94491.
For commodities coming from Thiruthuraipoondi and Karaikal, guidance centres are established at Khaji Sheik Ismail College in Esanur ( phone: 99761-88345) and Amrita Matriculation School near Thethi (94440-94313).