Cyclone Gaja: Tamil Nadu Govt Seeks Rs 15,000 Cr Aid From Centre

A fallen pole and a damaged motorbike are seen on a road after Cyclone Gaja hit Velankanni.

CHENNAI — The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday sought about Rs 15,000 crore as central assistance towards relief and rehabilitation activities in Cyclone Gaja affected districts in the state.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi with a plea for central assistance for various sectors in the affected districts, the state government said.

“I have submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister detailing the extent of the damage caused by the cyclone,” Palaniswami told reporters in Delhi, adding the state has sought about Rs 15,000 crore.

He said he had also urged Modi to depute a central team to assess the damage, besides seeking an immediate release of nearly Rs 1,500 crore towards “temporary renovation” activities.

According to the abstract of the memorandum submitted to Modi by the Chief Minister which was released here, Tamil Nadu has sought a total sum of Rs 14,910 crore towards permanent renovation activities in various areas, including the power sector which has been badly hit.

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Over one lakh electric poles had been uprooted and a significant number of power sub-stations damaged, with reports suggesting that many parts are still without power.

Cyclone Gaja had crossed the Tamil Nadu coast early on 16 November between Nagapattinam, and Vedaranyam.

It had claimed 46 lives and left a trail of destruction in over ten districts, including Nagapttinam, Thiruvarur, Puthukottai and Thanjavur which suffered severe damage.

The Tamil Nadu government has already released a sum of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief and rehabilitation efforts in the affected areas.