Rain damage estimated at Rs 1.5 cr

Rain damage estimated at Rs 1.5 cr

The district administration has estimated the damage due to the recent heavy rains in the district at Rs 1.52 crore.

Heavy rains accompanied with gusting winds and hailstorm lashed the district for 12 days from April 13. The administration submitted its report to the government on April 27.

However, a total picture of the damage is yet to emerge as majority of the official force has been deployed for Gram Panchayat elections. The present figure is only an estimate and exact damage could be ascertained only after elections are over.

Highest rain
Kolar taluk received highest rains during the spell. Srinivaspur taluk, though received less rains, has suffered highest damage.
The rains claimed two lives in Mulbagal and one in Srinivaspur taluk. The district administration has already written to the government on payment of compensation to the family of the victims. Prior permission of the government is required to disburse the compensation under Natural Calamities Relief Fund.

45 houses damaged
A total of 45 houses across the district have borne the brunt of the downpour and the damage has been put at Rs 2.53 lakh.
The victims have already submitted applications seeking compensation. The talukwise break-up of damage is as follows:-

Eighteen houses have been damaged and the loss estimated at Rs 80,000 in Kolar taluk; Fifteen houses in Bangarpet taluk, loss put at Rs 1.20 lakh; Three houses in Srinivaspur taluk, damage estimated at Rs 15,000; Nine houses in Mulbagal taluk, damage assessed at Rs 38,500 and no house has been damaged in Malur taluk. The cumulative loss due to damage of houses is Rs 2.53 lakh, according to the report.
The administration has found that there has been no damage to crops in Kolar taluk and there is neither any such reference in the report submitted to the government.

Memorandum
 However, the farmers of Petechamanahallli had submitted a memorandum to the Assistant Commissioner seeking compensation for damage of crops on April 15 itself. The damage to crops in two hectares of land in Bangarpet has been put at Rs 1.50 lakh; The damage caused to mango, tomato, paddy and coriander in 362 hectares of Srinivaspur taluk has been assessed at Rs 1.48 crore and that in 12 hectares of Mulbagal taluk at Rs 2.5 lakh.

The details on loss in rest of the taluks are not available for the present.

Survery after polls
“The statistics on damage has been submitted to the government only to bring the severity to the notice of the government. A through survey cannot be conducted since the officials are on election duty. A clear picture will emerge only after completion of the polls,” Additional Deputy  Commissioner S N Gangadhariah told Deccan Herald.
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