Cyclone ‘Thane' inflicted losses to the tune of Rs.10.50 crore on the Neyveli Lignite Corporation. Had not the disaster management strategies put in place and precautionary measures taken the extent of damage would have been much more, said A.R. Ansari, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NLC.

Referring to the havoc caused by the cyclone and the reconstruction measures needed to be taken at the 63rd Republic Day celebrations held on the NLC campus here on Thursday, Mr. Ansari said that the green cover for which the NLC had been much acclaimed by visiting dignitaries and common people was now in doldrums. It had decided to accord utmost priority to restoring the lush ambience of the Neyveli township by launching a “green initiative.” The NLC was ready to supply any number of saplings for the purpose, he added.