Cyclone Gaja: Central team to submit report in week’s time

Chennai: The Central team that surveyed the devastation wrought by severe cyclonic storm Gaja, will present its report in a week’s time to the Government of India.

Union Home Affairs Ministry joint secretary Daniel Richard, who led the team consisting of 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, spoke to mediapersons today at Puducherry after surveying the areas of the Union Territory.

The team had toured Pudukottai on Saturday, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur on Sunday and it was Nagapattinam yesterday. Today, they met Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his Cabinet colleagues to learn about the havoc wreaked by Gaja. 

Richard said it was commendable that given the magnitude of the cyclone that several lives had been saved. He pointed out that though the infrastructure had taken a beating, loss of human life was less due to the efforts of the State and the Territorial governments.

NT Bureau