BJP asks PM to allot Rs 5000 cr for Uttarakhand flood relief

A high-level BJP delegation led by senior leader L K Advani called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand a relief and rehabilitation package of Rs 5,000 crore to Uttarakhand.

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 21:52 PM IST

New Delhi: A high-level BJP delegation led
by senior leader L K Advani on Monday called on Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh to demand a relief and rehabilitation package
of Rs 5,000 crore to Uttarakhand where over 60 people died due
to land slides and floods.

The delegation, which comprised Deputy Leader of BJP in
Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia, M Venkaiah Naidu and spokespersons
and RS MPs Tarun Vijay and Ravi Shankar Prasad, apprised the
Prime Minister about the situation in the hill state battered
by heavy rains in the past three days.

Other than Rs 5,000 crore, the BJP also demanded that the
state be declared "disaster-affected" and it be provided all
help including deployment of army, ITBP and SSB in rescue and
relief operations.

The delegation also asked for two Chetak and two MI-17
helicopters for providing relief material and rescuing people
from areas which have been cut-off due to damage to roads.

"More than 1,000 roads have been destroyed making border
areas unapproachable," Vijay said.

The BJP leaders also demanded "additional support,
manual, material, technical and financial, to strengthen and
reinforce Border Road Organisation (BRO). Similar action is
required to be undertaken with respect to NHAI".

A team of experts from Central Water Commission should be
stationed to oversee the status of Tehri dam and to deal with
the situation if the dam goes in auto mode, the memorandum
said.

It also demanded monitoring of the flood situation by CWC
and NDMA and additional companies of NDRF be provided to the
state to assist relief-related efforts.

"A central team may immediately be sent to Uttarakhand to
assess the disaster induced losses," Vijay said.

The main opposition demanded restoration of communication
systems and contacts in the border state neighbouring Nepal
and China.

The transport and communication network in the entire
state has been disrupted. The generation and transmissions of
power, water supply has also been completely disrupted. All
state roads, national highways and BRO roads have been washed
off at thousands of places. The access to international
borders also stands jeopardized.

A large number of pilgrims and tourists from places as
far off as Kolkata are stranded at various places due to
blockade of transport network, Vijay said.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has already
written a letter to the Prime Minister in this connection.

PTI