Kodagu/Mysuru, August 21:- With decline in rainfall across Kodagu District on Tuesday, road clearance work was under way at several places across the district.
The road clearance of Madikeri-Mangaluru Highway was taken by civic authorities to allow vehicular movement on the road which has been stalled due to multiple landslides on the route during last week.
Speaking to media persons, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has urged the Centre to provide Rs 100 crore as relief fund for rain-ravaged Kodagu District.
“The Prime Minister has announced a relief of Rs 500 crore for Kerala, we expect at least Rs 100 crore for Kodagu. We will request the central government for it. We have to repair roads for connectivity,” he added.
Till Tuesday, over 4,500 and odd people were rescued and brought to relief centres. In total, 1725 specially trained experts from KSRP, NDRF, defence forces, NCC, home guards and people from Kodagu district administration were deployed in rescue operations. Pourakarmikas from Bengaluru and Mysuru are striving hard in various parts of Kodagu to restore normalcy and help people in need.
Kumaraswamy has also directed the authorities to use local workforce under the MNREGA scheme to clear the debris in Kushalanagar, Suntikoppa, Somwarpet and other places.
“CESCom and KPTCL have sent special teams to restore power supply in rural and urban areas. Action has been initiated to distribute an interim relief of Rs 3808 per family to the 5800 distressed people who are sheltered at relief centres and reach groceries and other essential commodities to the 50,000 aggrieved families through 10 mobile distribution units,” said Kumaraswamy.
Take special classes to complete syllabus: CM
As schools in Kodagu District were closed for 20 days in the last three months, Kumaraswamy said that he has instructed the schools to complete the syllabus by taking special classes. It has also been directed to issue new set of uniforms and text books to students.
While Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwar assured that the government will construct prefabricated houses for those who have lost their homes due to devastating landslides and floods in Kodagu District once the rain relents.
Few media reports giving wrong message: DC Sankar
A few local media reports carried a news item saying that the Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar has ordered a stop collection of relief materials.
Clarifying on it, Sankar said, “It has been reported in some local media that I have requested for stopping collection of relief materials. This is wrong. I have not given any such directions. It was only directed that food items should not be collected, as they have sufficient food stocks. This was why I directed the collected perishable foods like bread and bun be given to patients in KR and Cheluvamba Hospital. Biscuits, packed juice, etc., are still stored at Town Hall here and have not been given away. Only those things needed by Kodagu District have to be collected,” he said. – (KK, MR)