Monday, 17 January 2022

Special flood-relief package for Maharashtra, a decision likely to make by next week

Special flood-relief package for Maharashtra, a decision likely to make by next week

The state deferred its decision on the relief package to the flood-affected people in Konkan and western Maharashtra.

The state deferred its decision on the relief package to the flood-affected people in Konkan and western Maharashtra. Although the state announced compensation at higher rates, an actual decision is expecting early next week once an assessment of losses is over.

According to preliminary estimates, the losses due to the floods are estimated to be around ₹4,000 crore. Meanwhile, the toll in flood-ravaged districts rose to 213.

A total of 435,879 people have been evacuating from low-lying and vulnerable areas.

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Since last Thursday, the state cabinet took stock of the preliminary losses due to floods and heavy rain since last Thursday that ravaged Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Thane in Konkan; Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara in western Maharashtra.

Crops across 3.38 lakh hectares have been damaging, while the damages to the electricity infrastructure are more than Rs1,200 crore. The estimated losses to the roads and bridges in the flood-affected districts are more than Rs1,500 crore.

Said an official from Mantralaya.

“The assessment of the losses to crops, livestock, housing structure is still at the preliminary stages as many villages in western Maharashtra are under water. More than 400,000 people are still living either in shelters or at their relatives. In such a scenario, it is difficult to arrive at the exact figures of the losses. In the past, the figures of the crop losses were found to be inflated. It was pointed out by the Centre, while granting the relief package for the losses. This time, we want to avoid such discrepancies,” 

Urban development department minister Eknath Shinde said a special relied package would be declared once the cost is complete. “Till then we have decided to give the preliminary assistance as per the NDRF norms,” he said.

Maharashtra government has decided to increase the relief amount from the set NDRF norms.

The compensation for partial loss of the house is expecting to increase to Rs 5,000 from Rs 6,000 to Rs15,000, while the proposed payment for the fully collapsed homes will be Rs1,50,000 from the existing Rs 95,100.

An official Said from the relief and rehabilitation department.

Similarly, the immediate relief for household utilities and cash assistance losses has risen to Rs10,000 from the existing Rs5,000. The disbursement of the direct assistance of Rs10,000 has already begun in affected districts,

The state government has already written to the central government to revise the financial assistance given to the calamity-affected people as the norms set are five years old. During a meeting between the PM and chief minister of Maharashtra last month, the demand increased.

The water level of the rivers in flood-affected districts came below their danger level. Panchaganga, which has been flowing over its danger level since Thursday, dipped near to its 43 feet danger level at 5 pm on Wednesday to 43.2ft. Still, 47 weirs are in Kolhapur are submerged, white discharge from the rivers in the district is high.

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is likely to visit flood-affected areas in Kolhapur on Thursday. His tour of flood-affected Satara district in western Maharashtra had to be called off on Monday after his helicopter did not land due to the bad weather. The state government has allocated 2.57 hectares at Mahad in Raigad for the permanent base camp of NDRF. The land owned by the dairy commissioner of the state government has been delivering to the center. The decision was getting hold of after the NDRF companies took a long time to reach the flood-ravaged Chiplun, Mahad, due to the landslides and flooding on their way from their Pune base camp last week.

“In current scenario, the rescue and rehabilitation teams take about 8 hours, which are crucial for operations to reach to spot from Pune or Thane. The coastal districts have witnessed three cyclones in five years and several other natural calamities. In this backdrop, we have moved the proposal in November 2020 for base camp of NDRF in Mahad. The proposal is pending with Central government, but we have requested the state government to at least set up SDRF base camp at Mahad, which is at the centre point of three coastal districts. We expect the base camp to come up in next six months. It will be set up following the set norms,” said the minister of state and Raigad’s guardian minister Aditi Tatkare.


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