Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking assistance for construction of 5 lakh houses in 14 CycloneFani affected districts .
Full Text of the letter:
“At the outset, I would like to thank the Union Govemment for the support rendered to the State of Odisha to effectively manage the Extremely Severe Cyclone “FANI” and its aftermath. While the people of the affected districts have gone through immense hardship, the loss of shelter has been a devastating experience. The State Government is undertaking a detailed house damage assessment which would be completed shortly. The exact number of houses damaged completely or substantially will be arrived at after the survey. However, according to preliminary estimation, about 5 lakh houses have been completely or substantially damaged across 14 districts with the major loss occuring in Pod district. Your goodself had personally witnessed the damage in the cyclone affected areas during your visit to the State on 6. May, 2019. A presentation on the extent of damage was also made by the State administration highlighting the dire need for building disaster resilient housing along the coastal belt of Odisha vulnerable to cyclonic storms. In the above context, I would request you to kindly consider sanctioning 5 lakh PMAY (G) Special houses initially for the State of Odisha. As had been mentioned during presentation made on 6. May, 2019, I reiterate our request for waiver of the Permanent Wait List (PWL) criterion for this particular allocation and also consider a Centre-State fund sharing pattern of 90:10 as a special case. The rainy season is fast approaching and the monsoon Is likely to reach Odisha around 10. of June. Therefore, keeping In view the urgency to provide pucca houses to the affected people, we are going ahead with issuing of work orders from 10 June, 2019 In anticipation of the approval of our proposal by Government of India. ”