Flood relief work in full swing: Yeddyurappa

2009111752650501SHIMOGA: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that relief measures in the flood-hit areas were affected by the “unexpected” confusion in the first four or five days after the flood fury (following the political crisis), but they were being implemented in full swing as “we have come out of it now”.

Addressing presspersons after inaugurating the 32nd National Sub-Junior Volleyball Championship at the Nehru Stadium here on Monday, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that relief measures following a natural calamity had not been undertaken within a month on such a massive scale since Independence.

The Chief Minister said it was also for the first time since Independence that the relocation of nearly 200 flood-prone villages was being taken up. He said that Rs. 1,500 crore, which included the grant from the Centre and contribution from industrialists, philanthropists and religious institutions, had been earmarked for rehabilitation of the affected families and relocation of the villages.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that he expected an additional allocation of Rs. 6,000 crore from the Centre towards flood relief.He said that the “bhoomi puja” of several new layouts had been performed and the construction of houses at a cost of Rs.1 lakh each would be taken up shortly.He said that it was proposed to construct three lakh houses for the affected families. He added that the compensation for each fully damaged house had been raised from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 50,000.Mr. Yeddyurappa expressed happiness over the positive response from the Centre to the situation arising out of the “unprecedented” floods.