Odisha seeks external funding of Rs 2,225 crore for cyclone-hit victims

Bhubaneswar: In order to prepare a long term safety measure
to protect people in cyclone and flood prone areas in the State by
strengthening disaster management capacity, the Odisha government on Wednesday
sought external funding assistance to the tune of Rs 2225 crore from the
Centrally-run programmes along with multilateral funding agencies like World
Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Apprising the requirement for external funding to a seven
member team ‘Joint Mission for Multilateral Assistance (JMMA)’ led by Nilaya
Mitash, Joint Secretary to Government of India, Department of Economic Affairs,
which visited the State on Wednesday, Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra said
strengthening of disaster management capacity of the State to face category-5
type of cyclone which has been identified as other critical needs require
external funding assistance.
According to the Chief Secretary funding needs to be
provided by the multilateral funding agencies include, assistance of Rs 800
crore towards construction of around 30, 000 houses for the fishermen
community, Rs 200 crore towards strengthening of saline and river embankments
at critical places to protect human habitations with and development of slums
in Berhampur town at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore, Rs 25 crore for
Casuarina plantation in around 2500 hectares of land along the coast line, construction
of 100 more shelters along the 480 kms coast line at a cost of Rs 250 crore and
Rs 750 crore towards restoration of power infrastructure and replacing of
overhead transmission distribution lines by laying of underground cables.
Michel Hanery , Operation Advisor World bank, Deepak Singh ,
Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist , World Bank, Mr. Narahari Rao,
Deputy Country Director ADB, Harish Verma Senior Project Officer , ADB, Aparna
Bhatia Director Department of Economic affairs, S. P. Vasudeva NCRMP of
National Disaster Management Authority were part of the visiting team.

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