Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had
responded positively to the state government`s appeal for
higher allocation of funds to take up relief works in the
flood affected districts.
Addressing the Police Commemoration Day Parade here, he
said he was "overwhelmed" by the response from the Prime
Minister who expressed his serious concern about the people
affected by floods in North Karnataka.
Yeddyurappa, who led a delegation of ministers that met
the Prime Minister in Delhi yesterday, said "we were really
overwhelmed by Singh`s response. I thank the Prime Minister
for sending teams of officials to survey the flood-affected
areas in the state".
He said the state government had already released Rs 600
crore to take up flood relief works in the 15 affected
districts. The government has also initiated steps to shift
villagers from 224 flood-prone villages and identified 5000
acres of land to relocate them.
"We will complete building of new villages with all
amenities in one year`s time. The people of these villages
would be convinced on the need to relocate", Yeddyurapp said,
adding the affected would be provided houses built by the
government and those who had cattle would be given bigger