Flood affected still face lot of problems: Div Com

Srinagar: Divisional administration Monday said that flood-affected people in the Kashmir Valley still face lot of difficulties which need to be addressed.
“We are aware that relief and rehabilitation work is not fully completed as yet. There are still many problems affecting people which we have to address,” said Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Rohit Kansal addressing R-Day function here.
“State government has submitted a memorandum and urged central government for helping the state so that those affected by the floods are provided more and more help,” Kansal said, underling that “lot more needs to be done.”
In the memorandum to the central government, state government has sought Rs 43,959- crore special package for relief and rehabilitation.
Regarding the special package of Rs 41,003.45 crores sought by the state government, the Union home ministry recently said that the state needs to send detailed sector-wise proposals before it could be money it has sought for reconstruction of the infrastructure.
As many as 240,444 structures were damaged by the devastating floods and of them 199,964 were houses. Rest of them includes 33,331 were cowsheds and 8049 huts, as per official data. So far relief under Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) has been provided to only 12,037 affected families.
Meanwhile, Kansal informed that an amount of Rs 200 crores has been distributed among the flood affected people as relief. He said 600 shelter sheds have been constructed by the Public Works Department and NGOs in the Valley.
Kansal also claimed that as many as 500 bridges, about 1000 Kilometres of road length have been repaired and restored in the flood affected areas in the Valley.
He also stated that special drives have been launched for removing encroachments from the banks of river Jehlum and its tributaries.
To give fillip to the tourism sector in the Valley, Kansal underscored need for giving wide publicity to the measures undertaken for its promotion “for massive inflow of tourists”.
The tourism sector, he said, is vital for the improvement of socio-economic conditions of the people.
Before concluding his address, he prayed for the peace, progress and prosperity of the State.

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