The Union government is examining a letter sent by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to immediately sanction Rs. 1,000 crore to enable the State to undertake relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction measures post Cyclone Vardah.
A senior Home Ministry official said, “The PMO has received the letter, but we are waiting for a memorandum now. Meanwhile, we are constituting a team of officials who would visit the State and assess the damage. We will release funds once the report is in.”
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed, with senior officials, the progress of relief operations in Cyclone Vardah affected areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Singh ordered that the inter-ministerial central team should be ready to go to the states immediately on receipt of the memorandum from the state governments.
Meanwhile, Panneerselvam has allocated Rs 500 crore for relief and infrastructure works in regions ravaged by Cyclone Vardah.
Of the Rs 500 crore, Rs 350 crore would be allocated to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO), Rs 75 crore to Chennai Corporation, Rs 25 crore to Highways department while Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur district administration would each get Rs 10 crore to take up relief works, Panneerselvam said in an official release here.
As cyclone Vardah made its landfall on Monday, Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts were the worst hit as several trees were uprooted and electricity supply disrupted, he said.