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132 cr. needed for restoration works: Khammam Collector

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Tell-tale effect: The Central team taking stock of the flood ravage in Khammam district on Wednesday.
Tell-tale effect: The Central team taking stock of the flood ravage in Khammam district on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Team interacts with residents in Bokkalagadda locality in Khammam town

Team completes assessment in Nalgonda, Warangal and Khammam

Three district seek an assistance of Rs. 300 crores

KHAMMAM: The inter-ministerial Central team toured Khammam district on Wednesday for an assessment of the losses caused by flood and heavy rain. The five-member team lead by Nalini Pathak, assistant Director ( Finance Department) took stock of the crop losses in Sathupalli and Dammapet mandals and surface damage to the Sate highway between Thallada and Penuballi.

The team also visited Ballepalli and Papatapalli villages in Khammam urban mandal and Danaivaigudem and Gudurpadu in Khammam rural mandal to assess the damage to the panchayati raj roads and structure of water supply schemes.

They interacted with residents in Bokkalagadda locality in Khammam town, which had borne the brunt of the flash flood.

District Collector Shashibhushan Kumar explained to the team members that the damage was quite extensive. The district would require Rs 132 crores for restoration works. He said that the temporary restoration would cost Rs 22.32 crores. The sector-wise plans for implementation of the permanent restoration works would require Rs 110.47 crores.

Central committee member P. Manoj Kumar ( rural Development) said that the team had completed its assessment in three districts -- Nalgonda, Warangal and Khammam -- and it would be ready with its report within next few days. Report would have the committee recommendations for assistance a well.

The three districts covered by the committee had sought an assistance of about Rs 300 crores. He observed that the loss of life and properties in Khammam district could be minimized because of the timely action from the official machinery.

Y. Balakrishna, superintending engineer Ministry of Roads, Transportation and Highways and M. K. Srnivas (central water commission) and Neerabh Kumar Prasad, Commissioner, Industries Department were part of the team.

Memo submitted

Meanwhile, Younis Sultan, former MLA of Khammam, presented a memorandum to the inter-ministerial Central team seeking assistance for initiating permanent measures to save Khammam town from Munneru floods. He wanted permanent flood banks to be constructed protecting the residential localities all along the river bank in the town.


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