Mayawati seeks Rs 2000-crore package for flood-hit UP

Mayawati, who today undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected districts of Uttar Pradesh, made a written appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a Rs 2000-crore package for carrying out relief operations in the state.

Lucknow: Chief Minister Mayawati, who today
undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected districts of
Uttar Pradesh, made a written appeal to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh for a Rs 2000-crore package for carrying out
relief operations in the state.

"The floods in different districts of the state following
incessant rains have caused massive damages and there is an
immediate requirement of Rs 2000 crore to deal with it,"
Mayawati said in the letter.

A detailed list of damages caused by floods was being
sought from the affected-districts on the basis of which a
memorandum would be presented to the Centre later. But as per
preliminary estimates, there is a loss of about Rs 2000
crore," she said.

Besides this, Rs 1000 crore is required for western Uttar
Pradesh which has also been declared flood-hit, while the rest
is required for the affected districts in other parts of the
state including eastern districts.

Mayawati has requested the Centre to release this amount
immediately in view of the magnitude of damages caused by
floods.

Giving a detailed account of the losses, she said release
of water in the dams has adversely hit the situation,
especially in the western part where roads have been inundated
and villages marooned.

"The state government is carrying out flood relief works
on war footing to provide relief to the affected people," she
added.

-PTI

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