Central team inspects rain-ravaged dists of TN, assess damages

Chennai: The seven-member inter-ministerial team deputed by the Central government is visiting the rain-affected districts of Tamilnadu since Monday and making an on-the-spot assessment of the damages caused to crops and other infrastructure due to incessant rains last week.

The team, which arrived here Sunday afternoon, held preliminary discussions with Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu and discussed with the Greater Chennai Corporation officials on the damages caused by the floods.

on Monday, the team split into two groups and visited various districts to assess the damages.

A report from Kanniyakumari, which bore the brunt of the rains, said the team, comprising R B Kaul, a consultant in the Union Ministry of Finance, Director, Union Ministry of Water Resources R.Thangamani and Assistant Director, Union Ministry of Power Bhavya Pandey inspected the river and channel breaches, road damages at Pillaipethan Anaicut, Kmaracoil, Therekkal, Vaikkaloor, Thirupathisaram and Peyankuzhi.

District Collector M.Aravind and senior officials from various departments accompanied the central team.

Talking to newsmen at Padmanabapuram, Kaul said though they have visited the rain-hit areas in a selective manner, a complete report of the damage assessed so far have been received in forms of memorandums.

The two Central teams visiting Tamilnadu would submit a consolidated report to the Centre.

Aravind said the district administration had submitted a proposal for Rs 100 crore for temporary restoration of infrastructure, including those under the Public Works Department and highways. A complete restoration may require about Rs 250 crore, he said.

The crop damage was yet to be assessed as the rain water was yet to recede in several places across the district.

The team, after an overnight stay at Thoothukudi returned to Chennai today to proceed to Vellore and Ranipet districts to assess the damages. Another team will visit the affected areas in Cauvery Delta Districts like
Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur and Tiruchirapalli today.

Meanwhile, another team visited various flood affected areas in Chennai city, Tambaram and other suburbs and neighbouring Kanchipuram district and assessed the damages.

In all, the Central team will be visiting 12 affected districts in Tamilnadu and interact with the affected people to assess the damages caused due to rains that have claimed the lives of 54 people, as per a memorandum submitted by the State government to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking Rs 2,600 crore as central assistance towards relief and restoration works.


NT Bureau