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Rs. 200 crore for relief, repair works

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The State Government has sanctioned Rs. 200 crore for immediate relief and repair works to be undertaken in the wake of the recent rain.

The decision, anticipating the Central assistance, was taken at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday to review the status of damage suffered in different parts of the State and relief measures. An official release said the preliminary estimate put the damage at Rs. 1,500 crore. Detailed reports from the District Collectors concerned and respective heads of departments would be obtained and the Central assistance would be sought in two days.

At the meeting, representatives of the Highways department briefed the Chief Minister that 13 districts, including Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Tiruchi, Dinidigul and Madurai, had suffered extensive damage. At 184 places, roads had been breached.

A sum of Rs. 187 crore would be required for temporary repair works while permanent restoration works would cost Rs. 702 crore. Officials of the PWD said they would need Rs. 123 crore to plug breaches in tanks, lakes, canals and reservoirs.

It had been estimated that Rs. 100 crore would have to be given immediately for crop loss. Besides, Rs. 390 crore would be needed for relief works to be carried out by other departments.

The Chief Minister asked the District Collectors and officials to monitor the implementation of relief measures.

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