In a memorandum submitted by CM Edappadi Palaniswami, a major amount will be allotted for restoring electricity and providing relief to those who lost their homes.

TN CM seeks Rs 15000 crore from Centre for areas affected by Cyclone GajaMegha Kaveri
news Cyclone Gaja Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 13:52

Almost a week after Cyclone Gaja ravaged the coastal and the Cauvery delta districts in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has sought Rs 15,000 crore from the central government towards permanent rehabilitation of the affected districts. He met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, on Thursday. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the CM said that the state government has also demanded Rs 1,500 crore towards temporary rehabilitation.

“I met the Prime Minister this morning and informed him about the damages caused by Cyclone Gaja and presented a memorandum with the details of the damages to him. I have pressed the PM to grant Rs 1,500 crore towards temporary rehabilitation in the first stage,” he said. The CM also added that the PM has agreed to send a central team to visit the affected areas at the earliest and assess the damages caused by the cyclone.

Of the Rs 15,000 crore requested towards permanent rehabilitation, a major share will go towards restoring power and providing houses to the affected people. According to the memorandum presented to the PM, Rs 7,077 crore has been requested for Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) for restoring electricity in the affected areas, and Rs 6,000 crore for providing relief to those who had lost their homes partially or completely to the cyclone.

As per the latest official data, 12 districts have been affected by Gaja and 63 persons have lost their lives in the cyclone. There are 556 relief centres in these districts with 3,78,019 people in it. Cyclone Gaja made landfall near Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district in the early hours on November 16 with winds blowing at 120 kms per hour. Uprooting many trees and electric poles on its way, it wreaked havoc in the interior districts of Tamil Nadu like Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Tiruvarur, bringing life there to a standstill.

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