Centre releases Rs 251.55 cr, Sonowal thanks PM

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Nadda asks BJP karykartas to help flood-hit people of Assam ** Union Minister makes aerial survey of flood

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 16: The Centre has finally released Rs 251.55 crore as the first installment of SDRF to deal with the current flood situation in the state.

The money will certainly strengthen the state government’s efforts in tackling the situation triggered by the current wave of flood which affected 31 districts of the state.

The amount is released close on the heels of the review of the flood situation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

Meanwhile, Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Tuesday made an aerial survey of the flood in the state. He visited the relief camps and interacted with the camp inmates. He took stock of the magnitude of flood and the devastations it caused to the state.

Later, the Union minister reviewed the flood management activities carried out by the state government at conference hall of LGBI Airport in the city in the presence of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The CEO of Assam State Disaster Management Authority Aruna Rajouria gave a presentation on the extent of damages causes by the 2nd wave of flood.

The Union minister took note of the different causes of the flood and exceptionally more-than-average rainfall over Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in the past few days which contributed to devastating scale of floods.

The Union minister assured that a Central team would visit the state soon to assess the damage caused by the current wave of flood.

Water resource department apprised the Union minister about the maintenance of the 4474.42 kms of embankments in the state and Rs 1550 crore project for the circular road cum embankment in Majuli district in the state.

Sekhawat also directed the state water resource department officials to submit a detailed report to his ministry regarding the progress of 34 projects going on in the state and the bottlenecks faced by these projects.  He assured of expediting the payments of funds for the project and sort out other technical issues affecting the projects.

He also directed the both Central and State Government officials to sit regularly to streamline all issues regarding the Water Resource Department projects and achieve time bound completion of all central government projects.

On the other hand, Sonowal, while expressing satisfaction over the release of Rs 251.55 by the Centre, thanked the Prime Minister Modi for showing his concern for Assam.

PTI adds from New Delhi:Meanwhile, BJP working president J P Nadda on Tuesday asked the party workers to help the flood-affected people of Assam in all possible ways saying “floods in Assam is a cause of worry for all of us.”

“I appreciate the efforts of the state government for all possible relief and rescue operations on a war footing. The central government is also providing full support to the state,” he said in a tweet.

Expressing his sympathy with the affected families, Nadda said the BJP stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Assam and “our thoughts are with the bereaved families”.

“I urge BJP karykartas to help the affected in all possible ways,” he said.


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