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Chief Minister makes aerial survey of heavy rain-hit Chotila in Saurashtra region

    “Erosion of top soil due to heavy rains to be surveyed immediately to decide compensation”

    “Disaster Management men, machinery and materials kept ready in the wake of heavy rainfall forecast till July 29”      – Vijay Rupani

    Ahmedabad, July 23, 2017: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today ordered immediate survey of damage to the top agricultural soil due to heavy rains in and around Chotila in the Saurastra region over the past one week, so that the process of compensation could begin early.

    Addressing officers of departments concerned at the Chotila Circuit House after his aerial survey of the region, he took stock of the on-the-spot situation like damage to five pucca and 323 kuccha houses, shifting 973 people of 457 families in 11 villages to safer places, death of one person and three livestock due to electrocution and washing away in flood waters, rescuing people. He asked the administration to restore road connectivity with 35 villages, cutoff due to floods, and also restoring electricity.

    Those present at the Chotila meeting included Parliamentary Secretary Shamjibhai Chauhan, Principal Secretary Revenue Pankaj Kumar, District Collector Udit Agrawal, DDO Manish Kumar Bansal, Range IGP D.N. Patel, Resident Additional Collector Chandrakant Pandya, officer-bearers of the region.

    He also invoked the blessings of the Goddess Chamunda at the foothill of Chotila hillock and took part in the puja performed by temple priest Dieshgiri Gosai.

    Later addressing a meeting of Rajkot District Disaster Management at Jamkandorna, the Chief Minister directed the administration to ensure people affected in the heavy rains past one week should not face any difficulty like shortage of drinking water or outbreak of diseases like malaria.

    He called for providing compensation to next of the kin killed and to farmers affected by the rains. He ordered restoration of electricity in villages, cutoff during the rain, and also placing sandbags where check dams have been damaged.

    In the wake heavy rainfall forecast till July 29, he asked the Disaster Management team to keep men, machinery and materials ready. He complimented the authorities, including NDRF and SDFR, for fine rescue operation.

    Those present at the meeting included Minister Jayesh Radadiya, Principal Secretary Revenue Pankaj Kumar, Collector Vikrant Pandya, PGVCL MD Suthar, DDO Pandya and Rajkot Rural Police SP Antarip Sood.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat