Bhubaneswar: In response to an Adjournment Motion titled “Odisha Government has failed in the Restoration and Rehabilitation process post Cyclone FANI” moved by BJP MLA Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister informed the House that Rs 1481 crore from SDRF & NDRF and Rs 94.28 crore from CMRF has been allocated for the relief measures, rehabilitation and rebuilding activities.
In his reply, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marandi apprised the House, “Devastating cyclone FANI had its landfall near Puri on May 3. It then passed on to West Bengal after moving through Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts. 14 districts of Odisha-Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Puri, Ganjam, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal and Jagatsinghpur- have been affected.”
He added, “As per the information received from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the wind speed was Rs 205 kmph during the landfall. Need to be mentioned that, this cyclone was unpredictable for which the IMD had to repeatedly change its forecast about the movement and the areas to be affected.”
He further added, “In the aftermath of cyclone FANI, relief, rehabilitation and rebuilding activities are underway. Meanwhile, Rs 1481 crore from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) and National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) has been allocated to the concerned departments and District Collectors for undertaking the relief and restoration activities. Besides, Rs 94.28 crore has allocated from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).”
The Minister apprised the House, “All the major roads could be made passable and traffic could be restored within 72 hours by removing the uprooted trees. Similarly, the rural roads were made passable within a week. Drinking water supply could be made normal in 48 hours in 90% of the affected areas by using generators and water tankers. The water supply in all the affected urban areas could be made as usual within a week.”
“The cyclone has adversely affected the power supply system. However, 6800 skilled labour force could be pressed into action for the power restoration as the State Administration was prepared earlier for the eventuality. Arrangements were made to avail necessary electric poles and other equipments from the big production agencies and neighbouring states. Till date in Puri district, 94% electricity consumers have been completely restored with power supply,” he added.
He also stated, “A number of school buildings have been damaged in the affected districts while in Puri, Khurda and Cuttack districts some have been totally damaged. Hence, arrangements have been made to adjust the students of these totally damaged schools in the nearby schools, college and cyclone shelters. Steps have been taken to rebuild those school buildings soon. Also steps have been taken to repair soon the damaged buildings of emergency agencies.”
“The Chief Minister has already announced financial assistance package for resuming livelihood. Thus, the families depended on agriculture sector, livestock, pisiculture, handicraft and handloom etc as well as the SHGs could get benefitted. 100% land cess for the year 2019-20 has been exempted in the affected areas and also water cess of the farmers those who have suffered above 33% loss in agriculture. Also the government school tuition fee and exam fee have been exempted till the high school level. Students of the elementary level in the very severely affected areas are to be provided with two pairs of uniform while in the severely affected areas one pair. The Chief Minister has also announced financial assistance package for the street vendors, coconut traders and poultry farmers,” further stated the Minister.
He also informed, “As ample amount of trees and plantation have been damaged, order has been issued for the implementation of Five Year Action Plan on Revival of Coastal Shelter Belt and Afforestation Programme. Rs 200 crore will be expended on this programme in the next five years.”
“Rs 9336.27 crore worth houses, domestic animals, fishing boats and nets, weavers and handloom equipments as well as their raw materials have been estimated. The Central Government has till date granted Rs 788.875 crore assistance from the National Disaster Relief fund (NDRF),” concluded the Odisha Revenue and Disaster Management Minister.