Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned ₹561.29 crore for the "Integrated Urban Flood Management" activities in the Chennai Basin project.
In response to the urgent need for enhanced flood prevention measures in Chennai following Cyclone Michaung, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned ₹561.29 crore for the “Integrated Urban Flood Management” activities in the Chennai Basin project. Home Minister Amit Shah made the announcement today, emphasizing the critical importance of addressing flood issues in the city.
“Integrated Urban Flood Management” activities within the Chennai Basin project. This substantial funding signals a commitment to address and mitigate flood-related challenges in the city.
Chennai has witnessed devastating floods, with the recent cyclone exacerbating the situation and prompting swift action. Home Minister Amit Shah highlighted the frequency of metropolitan cities experiencing excessive rainfall, leading to sudden flooding. In a proactive move, PM Modi has approved the first urban flood mitigation project under the National Disaster Mitigation Fund (NDMF), allocating ₹561.29 crore, which includes Central assistance of ₹500 crore.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, after an aerial survey and a meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, confirmed the release of the first installment of ₹450 crore, with the second installment released today.
The aftermath of Cyclone Michaung has left Chennai grappling with extensive waterlogging, disrupting daily life and stranding many residents. The impact has been particularly severe in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, and Chengalpattu.
Efforts to alleviate the situation are underway, with the government intensifying relief activities. Aerial assistance from the Indian Air Force and the Coast Guard involves dropping food and medical supplies to affected areas, while localized initiatives aim to pump out stagnant water.