The Maharashtra government has decided to draw a blue-line (floodline) around dams,rivers and lakes and the houses that come up beyond this line will not be henceforth eligible to rehabilitation if damaged in floods. The state government will soon take up rehabilitation of 1.47 lakh houses across the 11 flood-hit districts that currently stand in flood-prone areas beyond the blue-line and suffer damage during flood-like situations every year.
Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Patangrao Kadam made the announcements on Tuesday.
As on Sunday,Kadam said,302 people had lost their lives either due to lightning or drowning as heavy downpour lashed Vidarbha,Konkan,Marathwada and parts of western Maharashtra since June 1.
We have started looking for land where rehabilitation schemes can be started. As an immediate measure,we have given the collector a free hand to distribute monetary aid without seeking permission from higher-ups, said Kadam. Rs 32 crore has been disbursed in the last five days.
The state has announced a relief package of Rs 1,934 crore for the flood-affected regions. The rains have claimed the lives of 1,498 animals,besides completely destroying 5,040 houses and partially damaging 60,962 houses. Public properties,too,have suffered damage to the tune of Rs.367.49 crore.
Blue-line is an indication of flood impact that differs from region to region. Milind Mhaiskar,Principal Secretary (Relief and Rehabilitation),said most of the 1.47 lakh houses listed for rehabilitation were temporary structures. Finding land for rehabilitation will be an uphill task. Moreover,in cities such as Mumbai,Nashik and Nanded,a large number of buildings stand beyond the blue-line of the rivers flowing through them. Rehabilitation in these cases will not be feasible, said Mhaiskar.