Loss owing to rain in the district put at Rs. 259.23 crore
GADAG: The Gadag district administration has estimated the loss owing to the recent floods at Rs. 259.23 crore and has submitted a proposal for permanent shifting of 15 villages in the district.
According to a release issued by Deputy Commissioner N.V. Prasad, the district administration had submitted proposals for shifting 11 villages after the floods in 2007, and now four more villages had been added to the list.
The new additions are Benakoppa in Gadag taluk, Surakoda, Malawada and Y.S. Hadagali in Naragund taluk. The other villages proposed for permanent shifting are Hole Mannur, Kuruvinakoppa, Hole Hadagali, Gadagoli, Amaragola, B.S. Beleri, Basarakoda, Menasagi and Hole Alur(partial) in Rona taluk and Kurlageri, Boodihala in Naragund taluk. Mr. Prasad said the Government had approved the shifting of Kurlageri and Holemannur villages and land had been purchased for shifting of these two villages. According to the Deputy Commissioner, owing to the heavy downpour and floods, 882 km of roads, 223 bridges and underpasses, 10 tanks, 21 minor irrigation canals and projects, seven drinking water supply installations, 98 electrical lines and stations had been damaged and the loss for the same had been put at Rs. 148.76 crore.
Mr. Prasad said that compensation towards damages to houses to the tune of Rs. 6.7 crore had been disbursed to 35,000 affected people. As many as 2,759 “kuchcha” houses in the district had collapsed completely, 24,584 damaged severely while 15,662 kuchcha houses had been damaged partially.
Teams comprising employees of Revenue and Agriculture Departments and the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, were in the process of assessing the crop loss. Standing horticultural crops on 8,937 hectares of land and agricultural crops on 90,994 hectares of farmland in the district had been damaged. Thirteen people have lost their lives in the natural calamity while 620 livestock casualties have been reported, he has said.
The district administration has disbursed a compensation of Rs. 7.67 lakh to 159 persons involved in animal husbandry towards casualties to livestock.
The Deputy Commissioner has said that 283 works had been taken up at a cost of Rs. 7.44 crore in the district in the flood-affected areas. A total 35,400 food bags containing 20 kg rice, 5 kg wheat, one kg tur dal, 5 litres of kerosene, 1 litre of filtered oil each had been distributed among the affected families.