By: ML Verma
Shimla (Nov 8): A high-powered central team arrived in the state yesterday to assess loss caused by heavy rainfall during the Monsoon season as it visited many rain-affected areas of tribal Kinnaur district on Sunday.
Kinnaur deputy commissioner Sunil Chaudhary told HimVani over phone that he along with the seven-member team, headed by Union joint secretary of ministry of home affairs Shambhu Singh, visited the rain affected areas in Sangla panchayat, Kupa area of Chitkul Panchayat, Recong-Peo, and Aka area of Pooh block of Kinnaur district.
The DC apprised the team that the district registered damage of Rs 46 crore in recent rains, includes loss on National Highway-22, others state and link roads, gravity irrigation and lift water supply schemes, loss to agriculture, horticulture departments beside rain damage to private properties.
The representatives of various gram panchayats of the district also met with the team at their respective places and demanded early release of maintenance funds from the centre so that rehabilitation works could be initiated before the coming snow season become active in the district.
The center team is visiting the rain affected areas of Shimla district today and it likely to meet with the officials of state government here on its last leg of the tour to discuss net loss. Recent unprecedented rains had claimed as many as 62 human lives along with 5,889 cattle due to heavy rains, damaged 6,656 dwelling houses and 1,737 cowsheds, besides public property worth crores of rupees was also damaged in the state.
State government is claiming compensation of Rs 1,800 crore from the centre. The officials are lamenting that the public works department had incurred estimated loss of Rs 931.35 crore followed by Rs 265.55 crore by irrigation and public health department on account of damages to water supply and irrigation schemes.
Heavy rains had affected 1,06,467 hectare of arable land under horticultural crops causing an estimated loss of Rs 236.41 crore followed by Rs 48.93 crore estimated damages to agricultural crops in the state. Public buildings such as patwarkhanas, kanungo huts, panchayat ghars, primary health centres had also been severely damaged as loss on this account had been estimated at Rs 521 crore.