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Cyclone Yaas broken 2.21 lakh hectares of crops in West Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee-India News , Firstpost

The chief minister stated that restore works for 305 embankments out of the 329 broken ones have been began

File picture of Mamata Banerjee. PTI

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday stated that the state has incurred a complete lack of greater than Rs 20,000 crore as a consequence of Cyclone Yaas which battered the state final week and round 2.21 lakh hectare of crops had been broken.

The chief minister stated that the state has opened round 1200 reduction camps by which 2 lakh odd individuals have taken shelter following the cyclone which made landfall in neighbouring Odisha on 26 May.

“Around 2.21 lakh hectare of crops and 71,560 hectare of horticulture have been damaged in West Bengal by Cyclone Yaas. The state has incurred a total loss of more than Rs 20,000 crore,” she informed reporters on the secretariat.

Banerjee on 28 May submitted a report back to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the damages brought on by the cyclone, and sought a Rs 20,000-crore bundle for redevelopment of the worst-affected areas.

The Public Health Engineering Department has provided piped and pouches of water to the affected villages, she stated.

The chief minister stated that restore works for 305 embankments out of the 329 broken ones have been began.

On the Duare Tran (Relief at doorstep) scheme, she stated, “Only those who have been affected by the cyclone have to apply in person. The camps (for the scheme) will be held in schools, colleges and other public buildings and not in ward offices,” she stated.

Banerjee additionally assured the individuals dwelling close to Deocha Pachami coal block in Birbhum district that the state authorities wouldn’t purchase any land from them except they’re absolutely compensated.

With an estimated reserve of two.1 billion tonnes, Deocha Pachami is the world’s second-largest coal block.

Allocated to West Bengal by the Centre in June 2018, the coal block has the potential to herald investments to the tune of Rs 12,000 crore over a time frame.

“We are not acquiring land from anybody at this moment. The vacant land which the state government has will be used first. And if I need land, I want to assure my brothers and sisters of the scheduled tribe and caste there that it will be taken only after they are fully compensated,” Banerjee stated.

Banerjee assured native people who they needn’t fear as she’s going to act as their custodian. “In the first phase, we will not take any land from you. In the second phase, we will not forcibly acquire the land. We will only do that after providing you with a job,” she added.

Banerjee suggested the individuals to not pay heed to any instigation.

“All will be employed. Do not fall into any trap. I was ready to sacrifice myself during my movement in Nandigram and Singur,” she stated.

The state shall be extremely benefited as soon as the challenge is accomplished, she stated.

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