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State puts flood damage at Rs.3,789 cr.

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IN DISCUSSION: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with K. Skandan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs(third from right) and his team members at the Secretariat in Chennai on Thursday.
IN DISCUSSION: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with K. Skandan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs(third from right) and his team members at the Secretariat in Chennai on Thursday.

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Central team commends administration for being responsive; to submit report in a week

CHENNAI: The State government has assessed the cost of reversing the damage caused by the recent floods at Rs. 3,789 crore.

“We met the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister today and discussed the situation. The State has demanded liberal funds and in its memorandum has put the damage caused by the floods at Rs 3,789 crore. Tamil Nadu has demanded Rs 2,105 crore as immediate relief,” said K.Skandan, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, who led the Central team that inspected the ravage caused by the floods.

The State had reasoned that the extensive damage to its road infrastructure, bunds of lakes and the banks of rivers, electric poles and the power network, the demands for solatium and compensating loss of damage to farmers and others would cost close to Rs.4,000 crore. Extensive damage was caused to roads, many of which were formed and some laid in the past few years. The floods a few months ago had weakened them and the present round had taken away the remaining road network in a large part of delta districts.

Mr.Skandan told presspersons the damage caused by the floods was “extensive.” He commended the administration for being responsive even as the natural calamity was unfolding.

The Central team said that it had completed its assessment of the flood-affected areas. The team held another round of discussions with State government officials, led by Chief Secretary K.S.Sripathi. It would submit the report to the Centre within one week.

On the quantum of relief to be recommended by the team, Mr.Skandan said the decisions would be taken based on Central guidelines.

Mr. Karunanidhi detailed the measures that the State government had taken from the time the cyclone hit and said that all steps required were taken with a sense of purpose and urgency and on a war-footing. The expenditure incurred out of the money allocated was an indication of the nature and the speed at which works were going on. The State had spent about Rs. 175 crore already, he said, adding that the State had allocated about Rs.600 crore from its own finances and had not waited for the Centre to release money.

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