Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani Thursday visited the affected villages of Gir Somnath to take stock of the impact of cyclone Tauktae. He visited villages in Una which is among the worst affected regions of the state.
Rupani said that the administration will work on a war footing to restore normalcy in the coastal talukas of the district. The administration has been ordered to survey the loss suffered by agriculture and other businesses so that the affected can be compensated.
Electricity and water supply will also be soon restored and those who have lost their homes will be compensated as per the standard procedure. Rupani interacted with villagers of Garad village in Una and had earlier aerially surveyed other affected districts.
He was accompanied by other top officials of the Gujarat government. To ensure that electricity is soon restored, apart from the 200 staff at work an additional 300 will be pressed into service from Friday onwards.
Rupani has also asked that manpower from nearby talukas be pressed into service to help clean up the roads and debris that litter the areas that come under Una taluka.
One hundred and seventy villages in Una taluka were left without water connection following the cyclone. Of this, water is being supplied with the help of generators at water pumping stations in all villages except for 64. The other villages are likely to have the water problem addressed temporarily by Friday.
Rupani announced compensation
The Gujarat government has announced a compensation of Rs4 lakh for the kith and kin of those killed in cyclone Tauktae. This is in addition to the Rs2 lakh compensation announced by the Centre for those who died in the cyclone. Thus in all, the near and dear ones of those who suffered a fatality in the cyclone in Gujarat will get Rs6 lakh as compensation.
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