Disburse housing aid by August 5: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday asked officials to complete disbursement of house building assistance in flood-affected areas by August 5.

Published: 30th July 2017 11:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2017 11:06 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday asked officials to complete disbursement of house building assistance in flood-affected areas by August 5.

The Chief Minister reviewed the flood situation at a high-level meeting at the Secretariat here. Two senior officials, Additional Chief Secretary in Home department Asit Kumar Tripathy and Additional Chief Secretary in Forest and Environment department Suresh Mohapatra briefed the Chief Minister after visiting flood-affected areas of Rayagada and Bhadrak districts respectively.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to complete the assessment and enumeration of house damages in Rayagada, Bhadrak and other flood-hit districts without any delay.

As many as 25 roads, six bridges, nine minor irrigation projects (MIPs) and railway bridge near Theruvali have been damaged in the flood in Rayagada district.

It was decided that the Rural Development department will immediately take up works of six bridges which have been washed away and other rural roads damaged by the flood in Rayagada district at an estimated cost of `25 crore.

Similarly, the Water Resources department will take immediate steps for repair/restoration of severely damaged Kalyani, Hatimunda and seven other MIPs. The Panchayatiraj department was asked to take up immediate restoration of damaged structures and roads in the affected blocks in Rayagada.

It was also decided to take immediate steps for the repair of roads and other structures damaged due to the flood in Bhadrak district. Patnaik directed that infrastructure for restoration of electricity should be repaired by August 2 in the affected areas.

He also directed Principal Secretary in Water Resources department Pradip Jena to visit the affected area in Jajpur district where a breach of 150 feet has occurred on the left embankment of Bramhani river at Kimbhiriapal.

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