HC directs Centre to give cyclone aid in one week to TN
Tamil Nadu

HC directs Centre to give cyclone aid in one week to TN


The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Centre to take a decision on the quantum of assistance for the cyclone-hit Tamil Nadu within one week.

In a series of directions, the Madurai branch of the high court said the high-level official team, which concluded its tour of the Gaja-hit coastal district over the week-end and proceeded to Karaikkal, an enclave of Puducherry on Tuesday, should submit its report within the next two days to enable the Centre to take a decision one week thereafter.

A judge, hearing  a writ petition for speedy relief to the cyclone hit, also said electricity should be restored in all the affected villages within a one week and over three lakh people put up in relief shelters should be provided power through generators.

In the interim, the administration should supply drinking water through generators, the judge said.

He also said kerosene and stoves to people stranded in their villages to enable them to cook their own food till normalcy was restored.

He asked the Tamil Nadu Government to file a compliance report on restoration of power by Dec 6.  He also sought a report from the National Disaster Response Force and the Centre on relief measures undertaken so far. The court also said that number of relief centres should be increased and compensation for the farmers and fishermen should be enhanced.