Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday sought people's cooperation to reconstruct Visakhapatnam city with the help of the Centre so that it withstands all types of cyclones.
Addressing a public meeting at Ramakrishna Beach here today, the chief minister said that he had prepared plans to reconstruct Visakhapatnam.
The central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have assured all help to reconstruct Visakhapatnam city badly damaged by Cyclone Hudhud, he said.
"The administration and all departments have worked hard to provide relief and rescue operations as well as restore normalcy in a few days. Sometimes I acted harsh with the administration but it is only to speed up the operations and extend all help to cyclone victims.
"My concern was to bring normalcy as early as possible in the process if anybody was hurt, I offer my regrets to them," Naidu said.
He said that after the cyclone hit Visakhapatnam he contacted chief ministers of Odisha, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal sought their help.
"We procured 2,500 metric tonne of potatoes from West Bengal and 250 lorries to supply it to the affected people, while 30,000 metric tonne of rice was dumped in Visakhapatnam to supply victims through fair price shops. The government gave a package to all victims through ration shops," he said.
He said that he conducted a review meeting with 22 officials of various central government departments to take stock of industrial sector losses in Visakhapatnam. Officials are assessing damages and will submit a report to the government?for necessary action, he said.
He said he has also asked insurance companies to settle damage claims within 45 days.