As a part of the World Bank-aided National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project, 22 cyclone shelters and 35 roads will be taken up in Srikakulam district at a cost of Rs.39 crore, Panchayatraj Chief Engineer R. Venkateswara Rao has said.

On a visit to the district on Tuesday, he said in the nine coastal districts in the State, cyclone shelters and roads were being taken up a total outlay of Rs.155 crore.

The project will be executed in three years. Roads will be laid to the cyclone shelters built earlier.

Mr. Venkateswara Rao said under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme laying of roads was taken up at a huge outlay of Rs.1,758 crore. The link roads being taken up with zilla parishad funds and internal roads would be topped with metal and gravel roads would be laid for cremation grounds and fields, he added.

In Srikakulam district, laying of roads under NREGS had been taken up at a cost of Rs.73.96 crores. As the amount exceeded the sanction by the government, the additional works would be included in the second phase, he said.

District Collector N. Srikant on Tuesday wanted villagers to go to government hospitals for screening before taking treatment under ‘Arogyasri' health insurance scheme as private hospitals might suggest surgery straightaway.

Participating in the “Praja Patham” programme at Ambavillin in Hiramandalam mandal, he assured villagers that their request for a veterinary hospital would be sent to the government. The Collector inspected the work going on Tammayyacheruvu at a cost of Rs.60 lakhs.

Keywords: Cyclone relief

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