September 10, 2019

Build cyclone resilient infrastructure, says Union Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya

Odisha being prone to tropical cyclone and other natural calamities, Union Minister of State for Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya on Monday exhorted the state government to build cyclone resilient infrastructure to save life and property from extreme weather phenomena.Recounting the extensive destruction caused by the summer cyclone Fani and the generous assistance given by the Centre for reconstruction, the Union Minister said the state needed robust infrastructures to withstand such calamities.“I expect the Odisha government to develop cyclone-proof infrastructures to tackle calamities of this scale and minimise human casualties. The centre is ready to assist the State in all possible manners,” he said.Mandaviya, who gave a report card of the first 100 days of the NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, said the Centre has provided financial assistance of over Rs 16,000 crore during this short duration of time.
“In first 100 days of Modi 2.0, Odisha received Rs 16,605 crore. While Rs 4,678 crore was released in three phases for restoration works post-Fani, Rs 6,000 crore sanctioned for railway infrastructure and another Rs 5,933 crore was released from CAMPA fund for forest regeneration,” he said.The Union Minister said the port town of Paradip will be developed as a smart industrial city. Land is being allotted to 3-4 companies and one of them is a wood-based industry which will pave the way for employment generation in the state, he added.Highlighting the achievements of the Modi government, Mandaviya said the Prime Minister has taken many historic and path-breaking initiatives in the first 100 days.