Bhubaneswar, May 13: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sanction 5 lakh pucca houses for the people who were affected by Cylcone Fani.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Patnaik requested him to consider sanctioning 5 lakh Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (G) special houses initially for the coastal state.
He also sought a waiver of the Permanent Wait List (PWL) criterion for this particular allocation and also consider Centre-state sharing pattern of 90:10 as a special case.
“The rainy season is fast approaching and the monsoon is likely to reach Odisha around June 10. Therefore, keeping in view the urgency to provide pucca houses to the affected people, we are going ahead with issuing of work orders from June 1 in anticipation of approval of our proposal by the government of India,” Patnaik said,
The Chief Minister further stated as per preliminary estimation, about 5 lakh houses have been completely or substantially damaged across 14 districts with the major loss occuring in Puri district.
The state government was undertaking a detailed house damage assessment which would be completed shortly, he added.
The cyclonic storm had hit the coast on May 3.