Odisha Asks Norm Change


Odisha Government has sought relaxation in disaster assistance norms for helping out the State, which has incurred huge losses due to Extreme Severe Cyclone FANI.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said that there have been huge losses to public and private infrastructure in the State due to the extreme severe calamity.
Accordingly Mr.Padhi said that "We have urged the Central Team to consider revising the norms of the NDRF and the SDRF so that the loss in the power sector can be covered."
Mr.Padhi said while the NDRF and SDRF norms include assistance for loss due to the damage of 220 KV, 132 KV, 33 KV, 11 KV and low tension power supply, there was no provision for losses in the high tension (HT) power supply.
As many as 75 towers have been uprooted by the high velocity winds in Puri district alone and a huge investment is required to make them operational.
State Government estimated a tentative loss of Rs 12,000 crore due to cyclone FANI  that killed at least 64 people and damaged more than 5 lakh dwelling units in the state's coastal districts.
 The state government, which has launched a massive restoration work in the cyclone-ravaged areas, in a preliminary report to a visiting inter-ministerial team, said an initial assessment has put the overall loss at approximately Rs 12,000 crore.
While the loss to public properties was to the tune of Rs 5,175 crore, expenditure towards relief and response stands at Rs 6,767.56 crore, the report said.
 "We have submitted a tentative loss figure to the central team. This amount may increase as the officials will undertake door-to-door survey to access the actual loss caused by the cyclone. The State Government will prepare a Detailed Report on the loss after the completion of the detailed survey," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada  Sethi said.
In its preliminary report, the state government has estimated the highest loss in the power sector at Rs 1,160 crore, while the loss in the panchayati raj and the drinking water department stands at Rs 587 crore.
"The loss shown in the preliminary report is purely tentative. It will go up as we get a Detailed Report," Chief Secretary, Mr.Padhi said after a meeting with the Central Team, which wrapped up its three-day visit to the cyclone-hit areas.


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