THOOTHUKUDI/CHENNAI: More than 60 per cent of the crops in the district had been damaged said Y R Meena, Additional Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture at Ettayapuram on Wednesday.
Speaking to the media persons after inspecting the crops at Ettayapuram, Meena said that the team was explained in detail about the crop loss by Collector, M Ravi Kumar in the meeting. Later, the team interacted with the farmers and found that more than 60 per cent of the cultivated crops had been damaged. Meena assured that the team would recommend for maximum benefit to the farmers.
During the inspection at Anthoniyarpuram Meena said that the demands of the residents of Anthoniyarpuram would be met. When asked about the flood relief works taken up by the district administration he said that the works were satisfactory.
Prakash, Director of Municipal Administration, who accompanied the central team, said that `86 crores had been sought for emergency relief and another `450 crores had been sought for permanent relief for the district. He said all possible ways would be worked out as per National Disaster Management rules and maximum benefit obtained for the state.
During the inspection Collector said that permanent steps have been taken by the district administration to prevent flood-like situation in future and an expert team is working on it. A total of `20 crore would be sanctioned for the project.
In Tiruvalluvar, a Central team headed by TVSN Prasad visited Kattupakkam, Narayanapuram and Kaduvett on Wednesday. The team interacted with the public and farmers on the damages caused by rains to the standing crops and the infrastructure. District Collector G Veeraraghava Rao and senior officials were present during the visit.