Puducherry: A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday carried out intensive inspection of the houses built under Project Implementation Agency (PIA) for the tsunami-ravaged families of coastal villages of Puducherry at Kalapet near here on Monday.

The operation was a part of CBI's continuing probe into alleged irregularities in implementation of the Rs 82 crore housing projects. The agency had, on Jan 19, inspected houses built for the 2004 tsunami victims in the same area.

Samples of the construction materials used for the building of the houses and other amenities in the housing project were also being collected for follow up examination and verification of the quality of the materials, official sources said.

Officials of the Central PWD also accompanied the team during the inspection and collection of the samples, the sources said.

In August 2011, CBI had registered a case against the then District Collector G Ragesh Chandra, also Director of a Project Implementation Agency formed by the government for implementation of tsunami rehabilitation and relief works in coastal villages, and others on a complaint by an NGO.

The action followed a complaint in July last from a non-governmental organisation alleging there were several irregularities in the implementation of housing project by the PIA.

The housing project rose at Kalapet at a cost of Rs 82 crore, has a total of around 1,450 individual houses that were allotted to families of coastal villages of Pillaichavady, Sinnakalapet, Kanagachettykulam and Periyakalapet coastal villages. The housing colony was opened on February 6 last year.

(Agencies)