Thiruvananthapuram:  The Kerala government has sprung into action to rehabilitate the flood-battered state. In this direction, it would rope in KPMG as project consultant partner for rebuilding the state. KPMG is a professional service company. Tata Project Ltd has been assigned the task of reconstructing roads, buildings and bridges destroyed in the rain fury at Pamba, the foothills of Sabarimala shrine. (Also read: Now, Nagaland Reels Under Flood)

Announcing the Cabinet decisions here on Friday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the services of KPMG for projects related to revamping the state would be free of cost. A high-level committee with Chief Secretary Tom Jose as chairman would be constituted to supervise the reconstruction work at Pamba well in time for the Sabarimala shrine pilgrimage which begins on November 17, reported PTI.

CM Vijayan also said the state had decided to raise funds from foreign countries with sizable population of Kerala expatriates. He said officials would be assigned the task of raising funds from countries like the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Germany, USA and Canada. On September 11, a fund-raising programme also would be held in educational institutions in the state, he said.

He said the total amount received towards the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) had touched Rs 1,026 crore. He added that the government would make available an interest-free loan of Rs one lakh each to those families which lost household articles in the flood. For small-time traders and businessmen, the government would provide a loan of Rs 10 lakh each. Since the onset of monsoon on May 28, as many as 483 people have lost their lives and 14 were missing.