TENTATIVE DAMAGE PEGGED AT RS 70 CRORE..
TENTATIVE DAMAGE PEGGED AT RS 70 CRORE IN JALANDHAR
Jalandhar August 26:
The actual damage of crop and property may run into hundreds of crores, but the government has estimated that a tentative Rs 70 crore relief fund is required for the flood-affected families in Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts.
Meanwhile, a girdawari is still on in both the districts. Kapurthala district also reported heavy losses in the damage assessment report prepared by the district administration. The reports sent by the deputy commissioners of Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur reveal that in Jalandhar, approximately Rs 58 crore relief funds are required with immediate effect to compensate victims for loss of their crop, houses and livestock.
In Jalandhar, approximately 20,000 acres got badly damaged in over 25 villages, while hundreds of houses and government school buildings got completely and partially damaged. However, the assessment is still on as the water is receding gradually in many areas. Rs 11 crore has been demanded in Hoshiarpur district as relief fund, as crop on 1,000 hectares was damaged. In Kapurthala, nearly 50,000 acres crop got damaged in the district, while 400 houses got partially and completely damaged.
Jalandhar DC A.S. Pannu said the loss assessment is still on and only tentative figures have been submitted to the government to get immediate relief for the victims. The government has to provide Rs 6,000 per hectare and Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 for completely damaged pucca and kutcha houses, respectively. For repair work of such houses, Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,500 would be provided to severely damaged pucca and kutcha houses, respectively.