Bhubaneswar: Cancelling Dusshera
celebrations in wake of the devastating floods in Orissa,
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday sanctioned Rs 150 crore
for construction of cemented concrete roads in 3,000 inundated
villages, official sources said.
Patnaik, who used to visit different puja pandals in
the state capital and in Cuttack and participate in "Ravan
Podi" festivals in the city, this time decided not to follow
the tradition due to floods.
"I will be in the city, but will not attend any puja,"
Of about 8,000 villages affected in the floods in
Mahanadi, its tributaries, river Brahmani, Baitarani,
Subarnarekha, Budhabalang and others, at least 3,000 villages
were completely inundated by water.
Therefore, the village roads were damaged, said
revenue and disaster management minister S N Patro.
"Cemented concrete road of 250 meters will be
constructed in all the inundated 3000 villages. We have
estimated expenditure of Rs 5 lakh in each village," Patro
said adding that a total of Rs 150 crore would be spent in for
construction of 750 km long village roads.
The construction works would be completed within next
45 days, he said adding that Rs one crore was also sanctioned
for purchase of 300 computers which were damaged as flood
water entered into gram panchayat, panchayat samiti and block
offices in the affected districts.
Similarly, Patnaik sanctioned Rs 4 crore for repair
and restoration of 50 veterinary dispensaries damaged in the
flood and another Rs 16.5 crore for 300 live stock aid centre.
About 3,500 fishermen who have lost their boats and
fishing nets would also get compensation for which Patnaik
sanctioned Rs 1.59 crore while 6667 metric tons of catttle fed
had so far been provided to dairy farmers.
A fishing jetty at Kirtania in Balasore district which
had been damaged due to the calamity would also get Rs one
crore for repair and restoration activities as a large number
of fishermen were dependant on the facility.
Meanwhile, the state government also claimed that it
had already completed disbursement of house damage assistance
in nine of the 21 districts affected in the floods, they said.