Madikeri: A Central team of the Union Government visited a few rain-affected villages in Kodagu district on Wednesday and Thursday and gathered information about the damages occurred due to the natural calamity last month.
The Committee comprising Union Home Ministry Joint Secretary Anil Malik, Superintending Engineer of Central Water Commission Jitender Panwar and Director of Oil Seed Development (Union Ministry of Agriculture) Dr. Ponnuswamy visited Hattihole, Mukkodlu, Jodupala, Kalur, Devasthur, Thantipala, Karnangeri and other villages.
After the first day’s inspection on Wednesday, the team held a meeting with district officials at Harangi Inspection Bungalow near Kushalnagar.
Deputy Commissioner P.I. Sreevidya provided comprehensive information to the team. MP Pratap Simha and Kodagu District In-charge Minister S.R. Mahesh too briefed the members about the intensity of rain havoc.
Sreevidya said that a primary survey has been conducted on rain related damages and an estimate has been prepared for compensatory measures.
Pointing out that the survey of the entire district would take at least 15 more days, the DC said that the ongoing survey is being conducted by 100 teams, comprising the staff of various Governmental Department.
The team was apprised about collapsed hills, destruction of roads, damaged houses, coffee estates and loss of paddy, pepper, orange, cardamom and other crops. Details were also provided on inundated residential layouts, caving in of Madikeri-Mangaluru National Highway and other State Highways.
During inspection, the team instructed the survey officers under them to take note of property loss as per National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)guidelines.
MP Pratap Simha and Virajpet MLA K.G. Bopaiah requested for a change in NDRF guidelines, which at present offers compensation for only two hectares of land, irrespective of how many acres of land a farmer or owner has lost.
The Central team was accompanied by district officials from various State Government Departments including Agriculture and PWD, who have submitted their preliminary survey reports.
The team based on these reports and their own first-hand survey of the devastation, will brief the State Chief Secretary and later submit a full report to the Union Government.
SP Suman D. Pennekar, ZP CEO Prashant Mishra, Assistant Commissioner Nanjundegowda, Additional DC Jagadish, Tahsildar Mahesh, Deputy Director of Agriculture K. Raju, Coffee Board Deputy Director Ramu Goudar, NHAI Executive Engineer Subbarama Holla, former ZP President Ravi Kushalappa and others were present.