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Central team inspects cyclone-ravaged areas in Puducherry

Press Trust of India Puducherry | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on January 08, 2012

puducherry   -  Business Line

An inter-ministerial team deputed by the Centre today visited cyclone Thane-ravaged areas in and around Puducherry to assess the damage.



The nine-member team led by Mr Lokesh Jha, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, saw for itself the extent of havoc the December 30 cyclonic storm had caused in agriculture and other sectors besides claiming seven lives here.



Earlier, officials of the territorial administration led by the Chief Secretary to Puducherry, Ms M. Sathiyavathy, briefed the team members.



Mr Jha told newsmen at Porayur that a memorandum on the damage caused by the cyclonic storm was handed to the team at the meeting with the officials.



The Puducherry Director of Agriculture, Mr Sathiaseelan, told the team that the more than century-old-government botanical garden had borne the impact of the cyclone. A number of 150-year-old trees were uprooted and over two lakh coconut trees lost in the cyclone.



It was pointed out that at least Rs 5,000 should be sanctioned as compensation per tree lost in the calamity.



A team of legislators of the opposition AIADMK headed by Mr A. Anbalagan submitted a memorandum to Mr Jha highlighting the extent of havoc the fisheries and farm sector had suffered.



Published on January 08, 2012
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