Rain damage in Koppal put at Rs. 6.5 crores

Detailed report submitted to Government seeking funds

Staff Correspondent

KOPPAL: The loss to crops and public property due to the recent rains and floods in the Tungabhadra in Koppal district has been assessed at Rs. 6.57 crores, according to a survey conducted by the district administration.

The issue came up for a discussion at a district-level review meeting held here on Thursday, chaired by Lucos Vallatharai, Principal Secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture.

Deputy Commissioner G.L. Chandrashekaraiah said that heavy rain between April and July caused damage to the public property and affected horticulture crops in all the four taluks in the district. The floods in the Tungabhadra, owing to excess rains in the catchment areas, have also affected paddy crops along the banks of the river in addition to the loss of hundreds of irrigation pumpsets.

He said the loss to public property, including roads, bridges and buildings, has been put at Rs. 2.5 crores. The horticulture crops in about 865 acres worth Rs. 1.87 crores have been affected, while standing paddy crops in about 1,055 acres worth Rs. 1.98 crores along the riverbank have been destroyed. In all, 711 IP sets had been washed away in the floods owing to excess release of water from the Tungabhadra Dam.

He said that a detailed report has been submitted to the Government seeking the release of necessary grants to take up relief works.

Assuring to take up the issue with the Government, Mr. Vallatharai directed the district administration to take up precautions to avoid the use of contaminated water source for drinking purposes and initiate measures to augment the supply of potable drinking water in all the affected areas in the district. He asked the Deputy Commissioner to utilise the available funds and take up relief works on priority on receipt of additional funds from the Government.

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