Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday urged the Centre to release adequate financial assistance to Telangana which had incurred heavy losses due to the unseasonal rains that occurred all over the state last September. He said the preliminary assessment done by the government had pegged the loss at over Rs 2,700 crore and a detailed assessment was being prepared which would be sent to the Centre soon.
He was interacting with a Central team, which visited the state to assess the damage caused by heavy rains by touring districts for two dyas. The Central team was headed by Union joint secretary (home), Dilip Kumar. The team visited Siddipet, Karimnagar, Sangareddy and other districts to assess damage.
Mr Rao explained informed the Central team about the heavy rains that occurred last September, which caused serious damage to crops and basic infrastructure.
“The amount of rainfall that was received was about 31 cms on a particular day.
Further, heavy damage was averted as several canals were cleared as part of the Mission Kakatiya programme. Or else all canals would have breached due to the heavy inflows that they had received due to the torrential rains”, Mr Rao said.
He explained government’s palns of reviving about 46,000 lakes.
“Mission Kakatiya had yielded good results and prevented lakes from breaching during the heavy rainfall. However, there were some lakes which were not covered under Mission Kakatiya have suffered damage which also became detrimental to the standing crops. Several roads and bridges were damaged,” he added.
The CM also informed them about the damaged caused in Hyderabad due to heavy rains. He said the government had already spent about Rs 150 crore in the city for the restoration of roads, power lines and other infrastructure.
Mr Kumar said the team had personally visited the affected regions and made a preliminary assessment. He assured the CM that they would do their best to help the State. He said the team would submit a detailed report to the Centre on the matter....