Kolkata, Jun 5 : A high-powered central team today began surveying the impact and damages, especially in the two contiguous districts of South and North 24 Parganas, caused on the people and property by the super cyclone Amphan, in which at least 98 people killed and left trails of destruction on May 21, official sources said. The central team visit, a promise fulfilled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who already made aerial survey along with governor Jagdeep Dhankar and chief minister Mamata Banerjee on May 23 and announced Rs 1000 crore relief, happened a night after a seven-member central officials arrived here on Thursday.
The team headed by Union home department's joint secretary Anuj Sharma, divided into two groups moved to South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas for on the spot study in the damaged areas. They would also talk to the local people as well as the local administrative officials before meeting state chief secretary Rajiva Sinha at Nabanna on Saturday. The central team, comprising officials from home department, agriculture, fisheries, expenditure ministry, hydor and energy department and roads. Their initial itinerary is to visit Pathorpratima, Brajaballavpur, Ramganga, Bharatala, Dhamakhali, Sandeshkhali, Najat and other areas.
The team would use both choppers, vehicles and boats to visit the damaged areas of south and north 24 Parganas. Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar has said: "Full advantage be taken of visit (June 4-6) of Inter Ministerial Central Team AMPHAN. Imperative for State @MamataOfficial to work in harmony @PMOIndia for welfare of the State." Ms Banerjee, meanwhile, greeted all to mark the world environment day today. "Best wishes to all on #WorldEnvironmentDay. Save green, save life.After the cyclone, incalculable ecological damage has occurred in #Kolkata & south #Bengal.Tens of thousands of trees have been uprooted. We must all work together to restore the greenery in our State," Ms Banerjee tweeted. (UNI)