CHENNAI: The 8-member Central team headed by TVSN Prasad on Tuesday visited several places affected by recent floods and interacted with the local people. The team will be visiting Tuticorin district on January 6.
The team began their visit from PS Sivasamy Road in Mylapore. They inspected the huge road cavity due to the floods. Later, the team inspected the waterlogging in slum tenements and the drinking water pipeline that burst in Kotturpuram, huts damaged in Aatrumaanagar in Saidapet, water inundation in Jafferkhanpet and in Vembuli Amman Koil Street in Virugambakkam and road damage in Suresh in Valasaravakkam.
After completing the assessment, the team held detailed discussions with Chennai Corporation Commissioner Vikram Kapur, Commissioner of Revenue Administration, Atulya Mishra and other senior officials at the Ripon Building. Earlier in the day, on their arrival from New Delhi, the team called on Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at the Secretariat and later held discussions with Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan and senior officials of key departments like Revenue, Agriculture, PWD, Highways, etc.
Answering queries of mediapersons at the Secretariat, Central team leader TVSN Prasad said their second visit to Tamil Nadu was necessitated by the havoc played by the rains in the first week of December just three days after their first visit to flood-hit areas. They would prepare a detailed report based on their visits to the affected places and submit it to the Centre. “Our second visit is basically to understand the damage caused by the rains and how the people of Tamil Nadu can be given assistance by the Government of India,” he added.
Kancheepuram Collector R Gajalakshmi will be presenting a report on the damage caused by the rains in the first week of December to the Central team on January 6. The report would include videos on water inundation, damages caused to infrastructure, etc.