Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and requested for financial assistance of Rs 15,000 crore from the Centre towards cyclone Gaja relief and restoration work.
According to an official release from the state government, the amount required towards temporary restoration is Rs 14.31 billion.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Modi, during
which he handed over a detailed memorandum detailing the losses caused by the devastating cyclone that ravaged the coastal districts, Palaniswami urged him to immeditely release Rs 1,431 crore for relief works, besides deputing a Central team to assess the damages caused by the calamity.
This included Rs 4.50 crore to pay compensation to those who were killed in cyclone and rain-related incidents, Rs 200 crore assistance for the livelihood of the affected people, Rs 100 crore for damaged hutments, houses and tiled houses, Rs 1.50 crore towards the loss of cattles, goats and birds and Rs 87 crore for damaged crops of farmers and horticultural crops.
A major chunk of the money would be towards the restoration of power infrastructure. The state has estimated that it would require around Rs 70.77 billion for Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO), followed by restoration and reconstruction of hut and house to the tune of around Rs 60 billion.
The Chennai district administration has declared holiday for schools and colleges on Thursday following a warning of heavy rain by the MeT department for the next 48 hours. Educational institutions in Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Villupuram districts have also been shut.
According to the MeT department bulletin, a well-marked low-pressure area lies over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal Tamil Nadu. On Wednesday. The sudden change in weather comes close on the heels of cyclone Gaja that claimed nearly 45 lives and caused destruction and damage to public property.