Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has estimated that it requires about Rs 3,000 crore to rebuild roads, bridges and buildings across many districts in Karnataka which were affected by heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides in the last three months, said a report on Tuesday. According to The Hindu, the state would be preparing a detailed proposal in a couple of days for submission to the Centre. It is to be noted that the fund mentioned is for rebuilding national, state highways and major roads apart from the 240 bridges that collapsed, said the report. A meeting chaired by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy took stock of rain-related damage across nine districts in the state battered by rain. (Also read: Donations to Kerala CM Fund Cross Rs 700 Crore)
The meeting was convened to discuss proposals to be sent to the Centre while seeking compensation for the losses suffered. Among the highways that are out of bounds for traffic due to landslides are an NH 275 stretch between Madikeri-Sullia, the NH 75 stretch between Sakleshpur and Gundiya and the NH 234 stretch between Charmadi and Kottigehara, said the daily. Kumaraswamy asked officials to prepare detailed proposals outlining the damages and estimated costs of repairing public property. A senior official said it would take more than a couple of days to get the final assessment of damages. As many as 800 houses have been lost in the past three months. The buildings damaged include 65 government buildings as well. Over 2,000 km of roads have also been severely damaged, said the report, while adding that Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Shivamogga, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi and Mysuru were affected.
Meanwhile, days after reports emerged that Nirmala Sitharaman lashed out at Karnataka Tourism Minister Sa Ra Mahesh during her visit to flood-affected Kodagu district in Karnataka, Kumaraswamy praised the Defence Minister for the help she extended for rescue operations in the flood-hit Kodagu district. In a Facebook post, the Karnataka CM said that he was “deeply pained at the turn of events” with regard to the visit of Sitharaman to the flood-affected areas in Kodagu district.