Puducherry: An inter-ministerial team deputed
by the Centre on Sunday visited cyclone Thane-ravaged areas in and
around Puducherry to assess the damage.
The nine-member team led by Lokesh Jha, Joint Secretary in
the Ministry of Home Affairs, saw for itself the extent of
havoc the December 30 cyclonic storm had caused in agriculture
and other sectors besides claiming seven lives here.
Earlier, officials of the territorial administration led
by Chief Secretary to Puducherry M Sathiyavathy briefed the
Jha told newsmen at Porayur that a memorandum on the
damage caused by the cylonic storm was handed to the team at
the meeting with the officials.
Puducherry Director of Agriculture Sathiaseelan told the
team that the more than century old government botanical
garden had borne the impact of the cyclone. A number of
150-year-old trees were uprooted and over two lakh coconut
trees lost in the cyclone.
It was pointed out that at least Rs 5,000 should be
sanctioned as compensation per tree lost in the calamity.
A team of legislators of the opposition AIADMK headed by
A Anbalagan submitted a memorandum to Jha highlighting the
extent of havoc the fisheries and farm sector had suffered.