WB seeks Centre`s help in Sundarbans calamities project
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 22:03
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today sought Centre's help in devising a long-term plan to prevent recurrence of natural calamities like Aila cyclone in the Sundarbans.

"We need central co-operation for proper restoration of Aila-hit Sundarbans through permanent construction of embankments," Bhattacharjee told a meeting of the State Government Employees' Coordination Committee.

He said he had discussed the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee during his recent visit to Delhi and sought their cooperation, which was assured.

About 200 people were killed in the cyclone, while the total loss mounted to nearly Rs 34,000 crore. The state government has already spent Rs 478 crore for relief and restoration, Bhattacharjee said.

Referring to development efforts in the state, he said the government was working to expedite various projects in sectors ranging from agriculture to industry. "We have done many development works, but many are yet to be done. We are not satisfied with what we have done and we know our loopholes."

The Committee handed over a cheque of Rs one crore to the chief minister for restoration of the Aila-hit Sundarbans.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 22:03

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