The Union Defence Minister, Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, on Friday visited the flood-hit Kodagu district and assured the people of the Army’s help in rebuilding the devastated region’s roads.
'I can assure you that the task force of the Indian Army’s Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will visit as consultants and advise the administration on how to build roads in hilly areas,' she told reporters in Madikeri, about 280km from the state capital Bengaluru.
Due to heavy rains and landslips, several arterial roads have been battered, disconnecting many villages and towns. Mrs. Sitaraman visited Kushalnagar and Madapura in the district, which was severely affected by rains and flash floods. She also interacted with a few affected people sheltered at a relief camp at Madikeri.
‘I will meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who also takes care of national disaster relief funding, (Minister for Road Transport and Highways) Nitin Gadkari and also submit a report to Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) on the district’s situation,' she said.
The Minister, an MP from Karnataka, said the Centre’s financial aid to the region in distress will be decided after an assessment of the loss. According to preliminary estimates, the district has suffered losses worth Rs. 1,140 crore to public and private property as a result of the rains said the Kodagu Deputy Commissioner,Ms. P. Sreevidya.
'At least 34 village panchayats have been badly affected and the municipalities in Kushalnagar and Madapura suffered heavy losses as they are in the catchment area of Harangi river,' she said.
The district administration is also working on providing temporary shelters to those affected and residing in relief camps.'We have identified land and an additional deputy commissioner rank officer will oversee the rehabilitation,' Ms. Sreevidya added.