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Port Blair, Jul 16 (UNI) The Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) administration has started roll-out of permanent shelters for people, rendered homeless by the devastating tsunami in 2004, claiming that 55 per cent of the dwelling units had been completed.

Supervising the scheme, A&N Islands Governor Lt General (Retd) Bhopinder Singh yesterday handed over the keys of 216 dwelling units constructed at Onge Tikrey of Little Andaman Islands to the Tsunami-affected people.

'' A total of 965 shelters will be constructed at Onge Tikrey, with all basic facilities like road, power, water, community hall, medical and shopping centres,'' he told newspersons.

Meanwhile, the Governor today distributed a ''symbolic key'', of the permanent housing units, to the chieftain of the tribe-dominated areas at Car Nicobar Island.

It was in 2005, the A&N administration had initiated the construction of 9,797 Tsunami dwelling units for about 42,000 Tsunami-affected people.

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