WB govt sanctions 430 cr for relief and restoration

Kolkata: The West Bengal government has sanctioned Rs 430 crore for relief and restoration work in areas affected by cyclone Aila, floods and scanty rains.

Rs 377 crore was sanctioned for Aila-hit North and South 24-Parganas districts, while Rs 42 crore for flood hit districts, Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta said today.

He said Rs 11 crore was also sanctioned for districts where rains had been scanty.

The state government was keeping in touch with the Centre on permanent repair of irrigation embankments in the Sundarbans, Dasgupta said.

Central teams had assessed the cost of repair of the 778 km of breached embankments at Rs 6079 crore, of which it released only Rs 128 crore so far, he said.

Bureau Report