Gaja: Central team holds 1st round of meetings with officials

Chennai: The Central team that has arrived to survey the districts that have been hit by severe cyclonic storm Gaja, today held a meeting here.

The team, staying in a private hotel, is led by Union Home Affairs Ministry joint secretary Daniel Richard.

The other six officials include Finance Ministry Department of Expenditure consultant R B Kaul, Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare director in-charge B K Srivastava, Ministry of Rural Development D S Manik Chandra Pandit, Ministry of Power R K Puram chief engineer Vandana Singhal, Ministry of Water Resources Chennai director J Harsha and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways superintending engineer R Ellavarason.

They met with Tamilnadu Revenue Administrative commissioner Sathyagopal this morning. Disaster Management commissioner Rajendra Ratnoo and other officials also briefed them in the hotel.

The Central team is expected to later call on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in the Secretariat.

NT Bureau