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