Kota (Rajasthan): Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has asked officials of various central ministries to provide immediate relief to the flood affected people in Rajasthan, an official statement said on Thursday.The Kota – Bundi parliamentarian held a meeting with senior officials of ministry of Home, Defence, Rural Development, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in New Delhi on Wednesday. Birla was on a two-day tour to the flood affected areas and shared his assessment of the loss and damage with the officials during the meeting. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe directed the officials to provide immediate relief to the flood victims. He also asked them to assess the loss and damage to property and crops. Officials informed him about the relief measures taken up for the flood affected people and said they were in constant touch with the state government. Meanwhile, state officials said post the receding of flood waters from the low lying areas of the Chambal river in Kota, restoration work and and cleaning drive have begun on a war footing. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe affected areas have been divided into 12 zones and 12 JCB machines, 28 tractors and other equipment have been pressed into service under the supervision of 12 state administrative services officials. KMC commissioner Kirti Rathod a survey to assess the loss and damage of property is also underway. Medical teams have also been deployed in the flood affected areas. Kota District Collector Muktanand Agrawal and KMC Commissioner Kirti Rathod visited the flood affected areas on Wednesday and took stock of the situation.
Kochi: Power and water supply lines were disconnected on Thursday at the four apartment complexes in Maradu, which the Supreme Court has ordered to be demolished for violating coastal norms. Amid heavy police presence, the power supply was disconnected around 5 am, while the water supply was stopped a few hours later, said residents of the apartments, who protested calling it to be human rights violation. Fort Kochi Sub-Collector Snehil Kumar Singh, who has been given additional charge as secretary of Maradu Municipality to carry out the demolition, said on Wednesday the directions given by the government, including disconnection of power and water supply to the apartments, would be implemented soon. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The action comes days after the Kerala government was pulled up by the Supreme Court for not complying with its order to raze the buildings. The government held a meeting on Tuesday and decided to write to the Kerala State Electricity Board and Kerala Water Authority to disconnect power and water supply to the apartments with immediate effect. Residents of the complexes said they would not leave their flats and would intensify their agitation against the “human rights violations”. “Officials are taking steps to throw us out on the streets. We are not the culprits. We will not leave our homes. We will stay here,” a representative of the flat owners had said on Wednesday.