It is not over, more rains are likely over next 4 days: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday issued a subtle warning that the heavy rains which have lashed Karnataka is not yet over, and more is expected in the next 4 days.
Touring Kolar district, to assess the rain induced crop damages, CM Bommai said: “The unseasonal rains have been quite widespread in the state, and we expect that they will continue in the next four days.”
According to government officials, the weather assessment has suggested that there is a depression which is forming over the Bay of Bengal and is likely to hit the state by November 26 or 27.
CM Bommai said the district administrations across the state have been alerted in this regard.
“I have already spoken to the district administrations through video conference and have asked them to remain on their toes for rescue operations. All the DCs, SPs and CEOs have been asked to remain on high alert,” said Bommai.
Earlier, Bommai visited three or four locations in Kolar and said the government has given specific instructions to the minor irrigation department for ensuring that the larger lakes and tanks are strengthened to withstand rains.
“When we come to districts like Kolar and Chikkaballapur, there are a large number of lakes which are getting breached. These lakes are our state’s property and need to be protected. I have asked the department to identify the breaches and those vulnerable locations which need to be strengthened, to submit a report and take the required allocation from the government. I will sanction them immediately,” said the CM.
During his visit, Bommai said the standing crops have seen heavy damage and that all possible efforts are being made to provide relief and compensation to the farmers at the earliest.
“Once the crop surveys are done and the details are uploaded on the web portal for verification, we will release the compensation under NDRF norms on the same day,” he said.
The CM further said Rs 685 crores are available with the PD account of Deputy Commissioners in the State and Government has decided to utilise the amount for relief works.
Further the Government has released another Rs. 500 crores for repair and renovation of bridges which have been damaged.
EC has cleared my tour, clarification sought for district in-charge ministers
Meanwhile, CM Bommai said the election commission has cleared his tour of the state to assess the rain damages but there is still a lack of clarity with regard to district in-charge ministers.
“With regard to the district in-charge ministers there is still a clarification which has been sought, as they are not allowed to hold meetings with district officials for rain damage assessment. Once they come through, our ministers will be in their respective districts,” he responded to allegations by opposition parties that none of the ministers were being seen on the ground.
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