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Odisha To Submit Cyclone FANI Memorandum With Centre After Final Report

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Bhubaneswar: Even though a preliminary assessment was presented before the Central Team today during its high level meeting at the State Secretariat here, Odisha Government is going to submit its formal memorandum on the damage caused by Cyclone FANI after the final report of assessment.  

Briefing media, Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “Ministry of Home Affairs Additional Secretary Shri Vivek Bharadwaj and his Central Team have been on their visit to Odisha for the last 2-3 days. They have made field visits to the Cyclone FANI-affected areas. They also inspected the damage caused to our infrastructure. Today we have had a formal meeting with them. A brief account has been presented by the SRC on the damage sustained by the State Government.”

“We have not yet prepared a detailed memorandum as we need more time because reports from different districts are still coming in. Assessing all the reports properly, we will be sending to the Government of India,” he stated.

He informed, “For the first time a detailed memorandum has been prepared before the visit of the Central Team as we intended to apprise the Central Team so that they could clearly notice and appreciate the damage at the ground level.”

Elucidating, “It is a very preliminary assessment. After our detailed assessment, an official memorandum will be submitted with the Government of India,” the Odisha Chief Secretary further explained, “We have brought to the notice of the Central Team about revising a bit of the existing norms. Because, the HT line in electricity sector is not being covered by the NDRF and SDRF. The HT line is that of 220 KV, 132 KV and 133 KV. Only 11 KV and LT line are being covered. Accordingly, we have also requested to revise some other norms.”

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Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha