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Govt seeks external funding for cyclone-hit victims

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Reported by Sandeep Pattnaik

Bhubaneswar, Nov 13:

The Odisha government today sought external funding assistance to the tune of Rs 2225 crore from the Centrally-run programmes along with multilateral funding agencies like World Bank, Asian Development Bank for undertaking various safety measures to protect people in the cyclone-prone areas in the state in future.

The government has apprised the requirement for external funding to the team called ‘Joint Mission for Multilateral Assistance (JMMA)’ under Nilaya Mitash, Joint Secretary to Government of India, Department of Economic Affairs, which visited the State today.

Among the areas where the funding needs to be provided by the multilateral funding agencies include, assistance of Rs 800 crore towards construction of around 30, 000 houses for the fishermen community, construction of 100 more shelters along the 480 kms coast line at a cost of Rs 250 crore, Rs 750 crore towards restoration of power infrastructure and replacing of overhead transmission distribution lines by laying of underground cables, Rs 25 crore for Casuarina plantation in around 2500 hectares of land along the coast line, Rs 200 crore towards strengthening of saline and river embankments at critical places to protect human habitations with and development of slums in Berhampur town at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore.

After a detailed vulnerablity mapping of the 480 km coastline experts from the IIT , Kharagpur had identified 512 locations for construction of cyclone shelters out of which 340 have already been completed.” the Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra informed the JMMA team.

The Chief Secretary also vies for strengthening of disaster management capacity of the State to face category-5 type of cyclone which has been identified as other critical needs requiring external funding assistance

“We congratulate the state government and its machinery for its efficient and effective management of disaster. The mass evacuation  that state government carried out is really commendable” the joint secretary said.

Michel Hanery, Operation Advisor, World Bank, Deepak Singh, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank, Narahari Rao, Deputy Country Director ADB, Harish Verma, Senior Project Officer, ADB, Aparna Bhatia, Director, Department of Economic affairs, SP Vasudeva NCRMP of National Disaster Management Authority were part of the visiting team.