The World Bank has sanctioned an additional finance of Rs.395 crore to improve disaster mitigation infrastructure in nine coastal districts, Commissioner for Disaster Management C. Partha Sarathi has said.

With the additional finance to National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP), 174 new works will be taken up. They include 84 multipurpose cyclone shelters (MPCS), 75 roads to cyclone shelters, 12 bridges and three major roads.

In a presentation , he explained the progress of 584 NCRMP works to National Disaster Management Authority Secretary S. N. Mohanthy, and Project Director of PMU S.P. Vasudeva.

The ongoing works include 138 MPCS buildings, 165 roads to cyclone shelters, 231 roads to habitations, 23 bridges and two major saline embankments.

Mr. Partha Sarathi said in spite of some disturbances affecting the progress, the pace of the project would pick up after the General Elections.

Mr. Mohanty who visited NCRMP works in Visakhapantam and East Godavari districts along with officials expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the project and stressed the importance of last mile connectivity adopting best telecom technologies.

The project should be speeded up and additional works completed at the earliest, he said.

Project Manager G. Vijay Kumar, Panchayat Raj Chief Engineer Subrahmanya Sastry and Visakhapatnam Superintendent Engineer K. Ravinder accompanied the officials.

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