Mangaluru : A three-member inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) – headed by Bhartendu Kumar Singh, deputy secretary, Union ministry of finance, deputed by the Centre – visited Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts in Karnataka to undertake an assessment of the damage caused by floods. The team that arrived in Mangaluru last night headed for Karkala where Priyanka Mary Francis, Udupi deputy commissioner, met them and took them to the affected areas.
The team in Udupi first visited Kukkanduru in Karkala taluk and later inspected Karkala-Udupi Road that was damaged due to rains. At Miyar, the team that saw destruction caused to arecanut crop and areca nut trees, interacted with the areca nut growers. They obtained information about benefits of crop insurance scheme from the farmers, while impressing on the farmers to go for the same to cover any such eventuality in future.
The sight of Hosmaru-Eedu Bridge damaged by heavy rains greeted the team at Hosmaru. At Kampettu in Sural, the team saw the rural bridge that was damaged and inspected the restoration work on a connecting road that was washed away. A foot bridge that was washed away at Landelu in Suralbettu that the team had to reach by walking nearly 500 metres too was covered to understand the true impact of problems that the locals faced.
The inter-ministerial central team at Mulky in Dakshina Kannada district.
After visiting another affected village in Shirva, the team later discussed the situation with the officials at Karkala. Priyanka Francis said the damages estimated in the district is around Rs 150 crore, with basic infrastructure such as roads and bridges, agriculture, horticulture, fisheries bearing the brunt of severe monsoon. A total of 1058 houses have been damaged in Udupi district resulting in losses of around Rs 10.06 crore, the DC explained.
The team directed the DC to obtain information on how fishermen who lost their boats and other property were compensated and place the same before them. Kempe Gowda, joint director, department of agriculture, Bhuvaneshwari, deputy director, department of horticulture, officials of panchayati raj and PWD engineering wings, Muhammad Issak, Karkala tahshildar, and other departmental heads were present on this occasion.
The team later visited areas affected by floods and heavy rains in Mulki hobli including Panja and Kilinjaru and ascertained first-hand the loss to standing crops due to flood waters. DC Sasikanth Senthil accompanied by Anthony Maria Emmanuel, joint director, department of agriculture and Manikya, Mulki tahshildar explained to the inter-ministerial central team about the damage caused by above average rainfall the region received.
The team after an overnight halt on Thursday is scheduled to visit Mularpatna in Bantwal taluk and inspect the bridge across the Phalguni that collapsed recently. Later, they will visit Vitlapadnuru in Bantwal taluk for crop loss assessment, followed by visits to Kaniyoor and Kallaje. The team will also inspect rain ravaged Shiradi Ghat before proceeding to Hassan. Incidentally, light vehicular traffic has since been permitted on this route.