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Updated on: Saturday, October 02, 2021, 05:27 PM IST

West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee seeks Centre’s intervention to tackle floods

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will write a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the flood situation in West Bengal.

After making an aerial survey at the flood affected areas the Chief Minister held a review meeting with the administration and then addressing a press conference, the Chief Minister slammed the BJP led Central government for not providing any financial support to West Bengal.

“The Home Minister sends central forces for polls and agencies to malign TMC leaders but after four cyclones- Phani, Bulbul, Amphan and Yash, the Central government did not release any financial support to Bengal. They should release money immediately as lives of several people are at stake,” said Mamata.

Taking further potshots at the Central government, Mamata said that due to global warming excessive thundering activities are taking place and alleged that the Central Government is not taking any measures.

“Not just in Bengal but excessive rainfall is happening across the country but no action is being taken by the Central government. I have asked the Chief Secretary to write to the Central agricultural secretary as agriculture is badly affected,” mentioned the TMC Supremo, adding that Bengal being a river based state for which it stands in Numero Uno position in Agriculture.

Slamming the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), Mamata claimed that DVC had done a ‘crime’ by releasing water without seeking state government’s permission.

“On September 30, we were busy with bypolls and till midnight they had released several cusecs of water. Till October 1, the DVC had released almost 10 lakh cusecs of water. We will ask for compensation from DVC for the man-made flood,” alleged the West Bengal Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister also claimed that the TMC government had dug 3.5 lakh canals and made 50 check dams to collect water but despite that the floods have affected Bankura, Purulia, Midnapur, parts of Howrah and Hooghly.

“More than five lakh people have been evacuated so far from Howrah’s Udaynarayanpur, Bankura town, Barjora Block, Ghatal, Debra, Birbhum’s Nanur and East Burdwan’s Ausgram blocks. More than one lakh houses have been damaged in the inundated areas,” further added the West Bengal Chief Minister.

Mamata also asked the Jharkhand government to repair their dams so that West Bengal doesn’t get affected if it rains in Jharkhand.

Slamming the Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition Suvendu said that the flood happened after the dams broke and not because of the water released by DVC.

“Mamata is responsible for flood as she didn’t pay heed to the pre monsoons works in the state and was busy with Bhabanipur bypoll. The dams were in such poor condition that it broke creating floods in the state. DVC released water but that didn’t inundate the state,” claimed Suvendu

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Published on: Saturday, October 02, 2021, 05:27 PM IST
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