Cyclone Vardah: Central team visits affected districts in Tamil Nadu
The nine-member team headed by Home Ministry Joint Secretary Praveen Vashista met Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and senior officials in the Secretariat before commencing their visit to cyclone-hit areas
An inter-ministerial central team visited cyclone "Vardah" hit areas in Tamil Nadu fifteen days after it had lashed the northern districts of the state.
The nine-member team headed by Home Ministry Joint Secretary Praveen Vashista met Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and senior officials in the Secretariat before commencing their visit to cyclone-hit areas.
Ministers P. Thangamani, S.P. Velumani, R. Doraikkannu, R.B. Udhayakumar, senior officials, including Commissioner of Revenue Administration K. Satyagopal participated in the meeting.
An official release from the government office said that Chief Minister requested the team to make an in-depth analysis of the damages. Mr Vashista said that “even from Delhi, they were able to gauge the intensity of the cyclone based on media reports”, according to the release.
The team is reported to visit areas in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts during their two-day visit. The team will leave Chennai after a meeting with Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan on Thursday evening.
The CM has sought the Centre to send a central team to visit cyclone-hit areas to study the damages and had requested to urgently issue Rs. 1,000 crore.
Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month, and had given a memorandum about the damages caused and claimed that the fund requirement for relief and reconstruction work was estimated at Rs. 22,573 crore.
The team will be visiting Panagal Park, Anna Arch, Thirumangalam, the zoo in Vandalur and Pallavaram on Wednesday. They would also be given a presentation on the damages incurred to electrical infrastructure.
On Thursday, the team is scheduled to visit fisheries infrastructure affected in Royapuram, damaged huts in Kallukadaimedu and Vellodai and also cyclone-affected crops in Chinnambedu.