Nilam Cyclone and heavy floods October/November 2012

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:

  1. Minister for Revenue
  2. Minister for Agriculture
  3. Minister for Finance
  4. 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

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