Maharashtra seeks Rs 6813-crore from centre to assist flood-hit people


Mumbai: The Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said his government will seek a relief package of Rs 6,813-crore from the Centre to bail out the flood-hit people of the state, particularly western Maharashtra.

He said that the proposal to be sent to the Centre will be in two parts – seeking Rs 4,708-crore assistance for Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara districts and Rs 2,105 crore for Konkan, Nashik and rest of Maharashtra.

A memorandum for this assistance will be sent to the Centre, but till then the Maharashtra Cabinet has approved to spend the amount from the state corpus,” he said.
Kolhapur and Sangli districts have been the worst hit following heavy rains in Konkan and western parts of the state where 43 people died in the deluge in last nine days.
With flood waters receding in both the districts, the authorities there are now focusing on providing essential supplies to people affected by the rain fury. It was said that despite the flood waters receding, major rivers in both Kolhapur and Sangli were still flowing above the danger mark.

The chief minister said that a provision has been made for seeking an assistance of Rs 2,088 crore for crop damages, Rs 876 crore for road and bridge repairs, Rs 300 crore for families of deceased, Rs 222 crore for repairs of house damages and Rs 125 crore for repair of schools and restoration of water supply schemes, he said. The state will for the first time also seek Rs 300 crore for losses incurred by small traders, he said.

Besides, Rs 168 crore would be sought for irrigation works, Rs 75 crore for health-related initiatives, Rs 66 crore to Rs 70 crore for cleaning the areas, Rs 27 crore for temporary camps, Rs 30 crore for loss of livestock, Rs 25 crore for relief works and Rs 11 crore to help the fishermen, he said.

On the same lines, Rs 2,105 crore assistance is planned for Konkan region, Nashik and rest of the affected districts in the state, he said.

Fadnavis also said a cabinet sub-committee has been formed under his leadership to discuss change or amend rules and issue government resolutions (GRs) for rescue, relief and rehabilitation.