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JK Govt: 2.54 Lakh private structure damaged in floods

An aerial view of a road washed away

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government has said that around 2.54 lakh private structures and more than Rs 6500 crore public infrastructures were damaged during the floods last year.

“Around 2.54 lakh private structures were damaged during the floods, while as damage to the public infrastructure has been estimated to be more than Rs.6500 crore in the State”, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Vinod Kaul told a team of World Bank official here.

Kaul gave a detailed presentation yesterday with regard to September 2014 floods to the team of World Bank. He held a detailed discussions on financial support needed for rebuilding the damaged infrastructure and rehabilitation of the people besides help to revive the business community which suffered on account of the recent floods.

The State Government team was headed by Principal Secretary Planning and Development, B R Sharma and the World Bank was led by Saurabh Dani.

Principal Secretary Finance, said that the State Government is looking forward to the support and assistance from the World Bank.

The World Bank team assured full support and assistance to the State Government and informed that it is fully aware of the losses suffered by the people in the State because of the floods. Their main focus is on rehabilitation of the affected families and also to help in rebuilding of the public infrastructure such as roads, bridges etc.

The team said that they will carry out an analysis of the loss assessment within few days and one of the team that proceeded to Srinagar will remain stationed there for two to three days. It will give them an overall view as to how the State Government can be provided financial support.

The other team which is at Jammu shall visit the districts of Reasi, Udhampur, Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu.

They informed that the report shall be submitted to the Government of India, followed by the discussions with the Union Ministry of Finance to finalise the proposal of the State Government.

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