Hyderabad: Under the World Bank-funded National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project, 148 multipurpose cyclone shelters will be constructed in the cyclone-prone coastal areas in the State to provide shelter to 95,000 people in trouble-some situation.
The World Bank’s Senior Infrastructure Specialist and Task Force Team Leader for the project, Mr N V V Raghava, on Thursday formally launched National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project in the State. A two-day workshop was also held on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Raghava said that the project was the first disaster risk mitigation initiative to be implemented in India. In the first phase, it was being implemented in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. Over a period of time, the Centre plans to implement the project in 13 coastal States in a phased manner, he added. The overall objectivity of the project was to reduce vulnerability of the coastal community to cyclone and other hydro-met. hazards.
Mr Raghava said that the projects aimed at upgrading early warning and communication system to reach vulnerable communities in the coastal areas. It would also help boost the ability of the local communities to respond to disasters, improve access to emergency shelters in high risk areas and strengthen disaster risk management capability at the Central, State and local levels. The project was being financed through a $255 million credit being provided by the International Development Association (IDA) and World Bank’s concessionary lending arm with 35 years to maturity and a 10 year grace period.
The Commissioner for Disaster Management, Dr T Radha, said that in addition to the existing 1,000 cyclone shelters, 148 multipurpose cyclone shelters would be set up in the flood-prone areas in the State by 2015 under the project. Strengthening of about 800 km of all-weather roads would be taken up as a part of the project. Besides, 22 new bridges would be constructed at critical crossings benefiting about five lakh people. Restoration, strengthening of two tidal banks of about 35 km would also be completed under the project, he added. (NSS)