KCR seeks Central aid for rain-hit areas

  • Urges experts team to get adequate help

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has sought Central aid for the loss the state suffered during September rains which damaged crops and property in several places. He made an appeal to the Central team that is touring the state to recommend suitable financial assistance to make up for the loss of crops and properties due to heavy rains.

The Chief Minister urged the Central team led by Dilip Kumar, a joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry, to impress upon the Centre to get necessary financial assistance. The state suffered a lot due to heavy rains and it is time to give relief to those who suffered, he told the team when it called on him at Camp Office in Hyderabad.

The state government has already sought Rs 2740 crore financial assistance from the Centre during a meeting with Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma. Dilip Kumar is understood to have assured the Chief Minister of needed cooperation and recommend to the Centre to release adequate funds.

The Chief Minister also explained to the Central team about the existence of 75,000 lakes during the Kakatiya Dynasty and how they were all destroyed under the united Andhra Pradesh State. He also detailed to the team how his government had embarked upon reviving about 46,000 lakes. The clearing up works taken up under Mission Kakatiya had yielded good results and prevented lakes from breaching during the heavy rainfall last September. However, there were some lakes that were not covered under Mission Kakatiya have suffered damage which also became detrimental to the standing crops. Several roads and bridges were damaged or partially collapsed. Heavy damages occurred to the power lines and other infrastructure.

KCR also informed the Central team members on how the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad bore the brunt of the heavy rains. He said the government had already spent about Rs 150 crores in the twin cities for restoration of roads, power lines and other infrastructure. The Chief Minister said a preliminary assessment put the losses at Rs 2,400 crores and a detailed assessment was being prepared whose report would be sent to the Centre for adequate assistance.

Earlier, on Monday, the team visited Siddipet, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Kamareddy and Sangareddy districts and reviewed the situation with the Collectors on losses caused by heavy rains from September 21 to 27.

A Krishna Prasad, Regional Officer, Central Roads and Highways, S K Koteshwar, Oilseeds Director, SE Water Resources Ministry, ORK Reddy, RB Kaul, Assistant Director (Finance), Jagdeesh Kumar, Assistant Commissioner (Rural Development) were members of the Central team.

-NSS

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