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20K CR Memo To Center

Odisha Government has presented Rs.20,000 Crore of requirement for a cyclone resilient infrastructure to the Union Government.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy presented the Memorandum to the Seven Member Central Team led by Sri Prakash on 5 June.

Central Team applauded the preparedness, response and disaster management skill of Odisha in their meeting with Chief Secretary Mr. Tripathy.

The Members of Team mentioned that pre-positioning of manpower and machines in vulnerable pockets, timely evacuation of people from low laying areas and kuccha houses, preventive preparedness and community involvement are the achievements of Odisha.

“We have seen in remote areas that even electricity could be restored within 24 to 72 hours”.

Chief Secretary Mr.Tripathy said, “due to geo-climatic location of Odisha and climate change impacts, cyclones are going to be regular feature in summer, monsoon and post-monsoon months. So we request Government of India to support us for building cyclone resilient infrastructure than that of spending huge amount each year towards immediate restoration and rehabilitation”.

ACS Disaster Management and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena emphasized on laying of underground cable in urban areas, resilient power transmission and distribution infrastructure in rural areas, building remote control GIS grid, raising height of the saline embankments at least up to 6.5 Meters above the sea level and converting 1.66 lakh kaccha houses to cyclone resilient pucca houses.

ACS Mr.Jena appraised that preliminary estimate of around Rs.20,000 crore has been made for these resilient infrastructure building and immediate restoration of the damage caused by the cyclone Amphan.

Mr.Jena added, “Resilient infrastructure building is thrust of our memorandum”.

Chief Secretary Mr.Tripathy said that the final memorandum would be sent within the next week.

Development Commissioner,  Suresh Chandra Mohapatra along with Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of different departments participated in the discussions. The team visited the ditrsicts of Balasorem Bhadrakh, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara in two different teams.

The Team leader Sri Prkash said they would submit the report to Government of India soon with excellent suggestions of the State Government for resilient infra building.
 
                            
 


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