In the preliminary assessment the Madhya Pradesh roads of Rs.1566 crores are damaged in the heavy rains that require immediate repair soon after the monsoon is over. Although the heavy rains are still continuing but the time has come to weaken in the coming days as monsoon departs from the country by October 15. Even now the torrential rains are hitting the state of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The Ganga in high floods from Prayag Raj to Balia.
In Madhya Pradesh 2621 kilometer road are badly damaged including 492 kilometer rural road, 61 bridge and pulias are damaged. In Mandsaur three span of bridge have been washed away. The Chief Engineer of the PWD Mr.RK Mehra has said that the department has prepared the work plan of Rs.920 crores and submitted it to the Government. At some places the road repairs have started by but the department is waiting for rains to stops finally.
The PWD will swing into action immediately. The Public Relations Minister Mr.PC Sharma has said that the State Government has spent 325 crores of rupees on relief and rescue of flood victims. The Central Government should release Rs.38 thousand crores of rupees to Madhya Pradesh to meet the flood calamity. About 50 thousand peoples are provided shelter in relief camp.
Till September 17 the state has recorded 1192.2 millimeter which is 33 per cent higher than the usual average rains in the state. The downpour is still continuing and the actual rainfall will go further. This year at many places the roads are breached at many places and a portion of it are washed away. Here the roads that have to be constructed again.
The Chief Secretary Mr.Sudhi Ranjan Mohanti has already said that in the initial assessment the state has suffered the loses in floods of Rs.10 thousand crores. The agriculture has incurred the losses of Rs.8 thousand crores. The actual position to roads and agriculture will emerge later. It stark clear that after the rainy season over almost all the states will seek floods relief in total of millions of rupees. This year the Central and State Government fund will be spent on flood damages and compensation of farmers.
It appears that this year all the Government will not be able to take new development work but will concentrate on flood damage control. It is feared that this year the fiscal deficit of the Central and State Government will go further. In the past few years the Central Government was able to bring down the fiscal deficit but this year it will be negated by flood factor.
To add to woos the terrorist attack on biggest petro crude supply company Aramco in the Saudi Arabia has reduced the crude production and prices of petro crude shot up from 62 dollar towards 100 dollar per barrel. In India the prices of petrol and diesel have gone up 7 times in 9 days. There is recession in the world and declining trend in import and exports. The coming days are difficult for economy.