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Odisha Asks 16K CR


Odisha Government has presented a Detailed Memorandum to Centre seeking an assistance of over Rs.16,000 Crore from Government of India for taking up mitigation measures caused due to damages affected recent Extremely Severe Cyclone Amphan.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena has sent the Memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for consideration, according to reliable sources.

A proposal amounting Rs.16,032.83 Crore for resilient energy infrastructure, disaster resilient houses for poor and strengthening saline embankment in four districts affected by Cyclone Amphan has been presented to the Union Government, official sources say.

Cyclone Amphan hit Odisha on 20 May which affected over 45 lakh people and resulted in serious damage and disruption of critical services and infrastructures in 9 coastal and adjoining districts of Odisha out of which four districts were badly affected.

State Government has brought home the Union Government about how the Coastal Odisha is frequently affected by cyclonic disturbances originating from Bay of Bengal.

This is adversely affecting the livelihood of the people and burdening the State with huge cost for restoration of the damaged and norwesters, which requires frequent and high capital investment from the State Exchequer detrimentally affecting wage and means position of the State.

The State Government feels that more support is required from the Central Government for building resilience to public infrastructure like energy, dwelling units of the poor people staying in vulnerable coastal areas of the State.

Saline Embankments along with coastline also need to be raised and strengthened for preventing damage to agricultural fields and habitations from surge.

Cyclone Amphan has brought serious damage and disruptionof critical services and infrastructures in Nine Coastal Districts and adjoining four districts of Balasore, Bhadrakh, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur.

As a preparedness measure, the Department of Energy mobilized manpower and materials to the districts likely to be affected to ensure prompt restoration and it was completed by 25 May.

The impact of cyclone brought into focus the need for disaster and climate resilient power infrastructure systems in Odisha and also India as a whole.

This represents another pointer highlighting the imperative to build back better and more resilient infrastructure.
 
Accordingly, the State Government has asked Rs.11,113.68 Crore for overall improvement in electricity supply reliability, which will enable the continuity of other emergency services during or immediate post disaster situation.
 
Districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara which have been badly affected by the recent cyclone AMPHAN have 1,66,090 kutcha houses.
 
It is highly required to provide augmented financial support for building disaster resilient dwelling units for these poor people staying in above vulnerable districts.
 
The requirement of funds for providing pucca houses to the 1,66,090 families comes to Rs. 4152 Crore, which may be considered under PMAY(G) Special.

Similarly Rs.767.15 Crore has been asked for strengthening saline embankments for preventing the effects of ever increasing cyclonic events in the Bay of Bengal

State Government has requested the Union Government to consider supporting Odisha for taking up above disaster resilient activities, said sources.

While Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik did not asked for any advance assistance to handle Post Amphan situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of his own announced advance assistance of Rs.500 Crore, which was immidaitely disbursed to the state within 24 hours of PM’s announcement.

However, now for taking up mitigation measures, the State Government has approached the Centre for actual support that the State requires as it is facing natural calamities on year to year basis. 


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