Minister ST Somashekar asks officials to take concrete steps on floods

Mysuru, August 14:- In the backdrop of the incessant rains causing enough damage to public property, the District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar on Friday (Aug 14) held a meeting with district MLAs on the steps to be taken. The minister advised the concerned officials to take immediate measures to tackle the problems posed by the rains.

Somashekar was talking to officials at Zilla Panchayat Hall on the flood fury. He said, ”Like last year, this year too, there has been heavy loss of crop and property. I will be visiting every constituency for first-hand information. There are also demands for a permanent solution and we will arrive at a solution after discussing with concerned authorities.”

Somashekar said, “The loss due to rain is yet to be ascertained and people are on it. Many affected families have not got compensation for what happened in the rain last year and I have advised the officials to take steps. They have also been told to ensure that such a lapse doesn’t repeat in future.”

Reacting to people in flood-hit areas refusing to move to safer places, the minister said even the local representatives have the responsibility to convince those living in low-lying areas. “We will convene a meeting and see what should be done.”

The meeting discussed water levels in the reservoirs, loss of life, property loss, crop loss and the villages hit hard by the floods.

When MLC A H Vishwanath asked the Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar if the district administration is able to find a permanent solution to flood-related problems, he said, “During the rainy season, people living in low-lying areas are shifted to safer places. Unfortunately, people in many areas are refusing to move to safer places. Of all the places, Nanjangud is troubled the most during rain season.”

Speaking on the occasion, Nanjangud MLA B Harshavardhan said, “Due to constant release of water from Kabini reservoir, Kabini river is flowing in full spate. We have been asking for funds to build a permanent bund to avoid water from overflowing.” He asked Somashekar and the deputy commissioner to hold a meeting in this regard.

Hunsur MLA H P Manjunath said, “Many people from the last year’s floods have not got compensation. We need to see what exactly is the problem. Compensation for partially damaged houses and fully damaged houses should be handled separately.”

Sankar said, “The district has got Rs 30 crore for flood-related issues. Of that, Rs 14.14 crore has been released. We still have another Rs 16 crore and if needed, we can release it.”

MLAs G T Devegowda and Ashwin Kumar were also present.

Covid meeting tomorrow

Somashekar said, “Many steps have been taken to control the spread of coronavirus in the state capital. With help from private hospitals, the mortality rate has come down drastically. We will be discussing Covid management in Mysuru district tomorrow (August 15).

Bengaluru violence

In connection with Bengaluru violence, the minister said, “Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai are contemplating seizure of properties belonging to the attackers to make up for the losses. The government is very serious about the issue and will act accordingly.”

Dasara festivities

Dasara is only two months away, but the state government, according to the minister, is yet to decide on the preparations but right now, it is busy tackling coronavirus and floods.

Mobile app on crop loss

Somashekar released an app that will be helpful to farmers during floods and natural calamities. With the help of the app, farmers themselves can assess the loss and submit a report to the government.  (MR/KS)

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