PM sends Central team to TN to assess Gaja cyclone damage

PM sends Central team to TN to assess Gaja cyclone damage

Following a request from chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deputed a central team to Tamil Nadu to assess the damage caused by the recent cyclone Gaja in delta districts.

According to sources, the central team of experts will travel to the affected districts, visit cyclone-hit places, meet victims and will prepare a report, based on which the Centre would allocate relief fund.

Palaniswami on Thursday met Modi and sought a financial
assistance package of Rs 15,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation works in Cyclone ‘Gaja’ affected districts, including an immediate sanction of Rs 1,500 crore.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi 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.

“I have submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister detailing the extent of the damage caused by the cyclone,” Palaniswami told reporters in Delhi, adding the state has sought about Rs 15,000 crore.

He said he had also urged Modi to depute a central team to assess the damage, besides seeking an immediate release of nearly Rs 1500 crore towards “temporary renovation” activities.

As per the abstract of the memorandum submitted to Modi by the chief minister which was released here, Tamil Nadu has sought a total sum of Rs 14,910 crore towards permanent renovation activities in various areas, including the power sector which has been badly hit.