Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala government has decided to appoint KPMG, one of the largest professional service companies in the world, as project consultant partner for rebuilding the state ravaged by massive floods.

Tata Project Ltd was entrusted with the task of reconstructing roads, buildings and bridges destroyed in the rain fury at Pamba, the foothills of famous Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala.

Announcing the cabinet decisions in this regard at a press conference 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 and to ensure its completion on a time-bound basis in view of the annual Mandala-Makkaravillku pilgrimage season at Sabarimala shrine which begins on November 17, he said.

Admitting that fund mobilisation for rebuilding the rain-ravaged state was a challenge, the Chief Minister said it was decided to raise funds from foreign countries where Kerala expatriates live in large

numbers.

A minister and necessary officials would be deployed for mobilising funds from countries such as the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Germany, USA and Canada.

It was decided to conduct fund-raising drives in key towns in the country in cooperation with local association of Keralites.

Similar programme also would be held in educational institutions in the state on September 11, he said.

The total amount received towards the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) has touched Rs 1,026 crore, he said.

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