Government of Andhra Pradesh has constitute the Group of Ministers to study the impact of damages suffered and losses sustained by the farmers due to the recent Nilam Cyclone and heavy floods, with the following:
- Minister for Revenue
- Minister for Agriculture
- Minister for Finance
- Minister for Horticulture
The Commissioner for Disaster Management and Ex-officio Principal Secretary to Government, Revenue (Disaster Management) Department shall be the Member-Convenor for the above Group of Ministers.
The Group of Ministers shall review the matter and make suitable recommendations to Government.
History : Engineer-in-Chief (I), Hyderabad, has stated that due to cyclonic rains caused by “Nilam” Cyclone most of the coastal Districts received heavy rain fall ranging from 20 cm to 45 cm from
31st October to 4th November 2012 resulting in large inflows into the tanks/reservoirs, drains and rivers. The rainfall is very heavy in the Districts of Chittoor, Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, Khammam, West Godavari, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. Several breaches occurred to the canal systems of Medium Irrigation projects and canals & drains of Godavari Delta System and Yeleru system. Similarly, many Minor Irrigation tanks are reported to be breached/damaged in the present Nilam Cyclone. During the flood damages review by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on 05.11.2012 the necessity of restoring the damaged Irrigation Sources on priority was requested by various Ministers.
Accordingly, the Hon’ble Chief Minister has agreed and directed to take up immediate restoration of the damaged irrigation infrastructure by delegating sanction of powers to the concerned District Collectors up to Rs. 10 Lakh per source/damage to save time and directed to issue suitable orders in the matter to the District Collectors and field officials immediately.
The Engineer-in-Chief (I) has, therefore, requested to issue necessary orders to take up the immediate restoration works under the Major, Medium and Minor Irrigation sectors and also to delegate sanction of powers to the District Collectors up to Rs. 10.00 Lakh for each source.
Government, after examination, hereby permit the Engineer- in-Chief (I), I&CAD Deptt., Hyderabad to take up immediate restoration/permanent restoration works of flood damages of all the breaches of Major, Medium and Minor Irrigation sectors during the Nilam Cyclone, October / November – 2012, and also delegate powers for sanction to the District Collectors up to Rs.10.00 lakh for each source for the above works with the following guidelines:-
(1) Immediate restoration works up to Rs. 5.00 Lakhs of estimated cost should be entrusted to W.U.As’ wherever existing, otherwise they shall be carried out through User Groups on nomination basis.
(2) Immediate Restoration works costing above Rs. 5.00 Lakhs and up to Rs. 10.00 lakhs shall be entrusted by calling Short Tenders.
(3) Immediate Restoration works costing above Rs. 10.00 Lakhs and up to Rs. 50.00 Lakhs shall be submitted to Government with a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for according Administrative Approval immediately.
(4) Wherever possible permanent restoration must be taken up instead of temporary restoration as majority of repairs would be of earth work in nature.
(5) As far as possible these works should be linked up with NREGS.As per MGNREG Act, works are to be decide by Gramsabha. Hence, I&CAD officers should encourage Gram Panchayat members & Water User Association members to propose the works in Gram Sabhas.
(6) Estimates of the Permanent Restoration works shall be simultaneously prepared along with immediate restoration works with proper verification by Superintending Engineers’ and Executive Engineers’ concerned and submitted to the concerned Chief Engineers’ in due course.
(7) Photographs must be taken before, during and after restoration work invariably for release of LOC and inspection by the higher authorities.
(8) Detailed lists of works taken up shall be submitted to the Chief Engineer concerned for taking up suitable random verification.
(9) District Collectors shall form teams for supervision and timely verification of all the restoration works
(10) Regular progress reports of the Restoration works shall be submitted to the respective Engineer-in-Chiefs’ / Chief Engineers concerned.
G.O.Rt.No. 1259 Dated the 15th November, 2012 Read:-
From the Engineer-in-Chief (I), Hyderabad, Lr.No. ENC (I)/DCE IV/ OT7/SO2/Nilam-Flood Damages 2012, dated.05.11.201