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48 flood-affected villages in Gulbarga to be relocated

Special Correspondent

Process of identifying land will begin after the ongoing relief work is over



28 villages have to be completely relocated,

20 will be partially shifted to safe areas

District has received Rs. 29.49 crore under CRF and has released Rs. 26.99 crore so far



GULBARGA: The process of identifying suitable land and creating infrastructure to relocate 48 flood-affected villages in Gulbarga district will begin after the ongoing relief work is over.

Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal told presspersons here on Tuesday that while 28 villages had to be completely relocated, the remaining 20 villages would be partially shifted to safe areas. He said that all the tahsildars concerned had been instructed to take up the process of identifying land where the villages could be shifted.

Dr. Vishal said that the tahsildars had also been told to set up temporary sheds to house families whose houses in these 48 villages had been damaged, partially or completely.

To a question, the official said that 98 villages in the district were affected by the floods and rain. Of this, 57 villages were affected by the floods and the remaining 41 villages were affected by heavy rain.

“The relief work and payment of compensation is going on in full swing in all the affected areas. The distribution of relief packages consisting of foodgrains, pulses, edible oil and kerosene is also going on,” Dr. Vishal said.

‘No dearth of funds’

He said that there was no dearth of funds for providing relief to the affected people and taking up relief work in the affected areas.

A sum of Rs. 13.98 crore had been released to the zilla panchayat and the tahsildars of all 10 taluks to take up relief works. A sum of Rs. 98 lakh has been released to the zilla panchayat, while Rs. 2.30 crore has been released to Surpur taluk, which is one of the worst-affected taluks. A sum of Rs. 1.30 crore each has been released to Gulbarga, Afzalpur, Jewargi, Yadgir, Shahapur, Sedam, and Chitapur and Rs. 80 lakh each has been released to Aland and Chincholi.

The district has received Rs. 29.49 crore under the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) and has released Rs. 26.99 crore so far. Dr. Vishal said that while Rs. 22 lakh had been paid as compensation to families of persons killed in the floods and rain-related incidents, a sum of Rs. 8.97 crore had been paid to families, whose houses were partially or fully damaged.

A little over Rs. 1.46 crore was spent on operating the 76 gruel centres in the district. At present only 12 gruel centres are functioning in the district.

To a question Dr. Vishal said that crops on 90,164 hectares of land were damaged in the floods and heavy rain. He said that horticulture crop worth over Rs. 3.63 crore on 282 hectares of land was damaged. The total number of people who were affected by the floods in the district was 58,688 and as many as 127 cattle and 725 sheep had perished in the floods and rain.