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Army deployed in Kolkata & its neighbouring districts for restoration of essential infrastructure

Army deployed in Kolkata & its neighbouring districts for restoration of essential infrastructure

Kolkata, May 23 (UNI) The Army was deployed in the city and its neighbouring districts

on Saturday for restoration of essential infrastructure and services in the wake of the

destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan, said a Defence official.

In response to West Bengal Government’s request seeking support, Indian Army

Saturday sent three columns of troops to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration

in the in post-cyclone restoration work.

" Based on request from the Govt of West Bengal, Indian Army has provided three

columns to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration in the aftermath of Cyclone

Amphan,” Army said in a statement.

“More than a hundred teams from multiple departments and bodies working for cutting

fallen trees, which is the key to restoration of power in localities,” the Home department


Earlier, in a tweet, the West Bengal Home Department has said the government has

asked for Army support to restore essential infrastructure of the state that has been in

a shambles since the Cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc there.

"GOWB mobilizes maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7basis for

immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services asap. Army support has

been called for;NDRF and SDRF teams deployed; Rlys,Port & private sector too

requested to supply teams and equipment.," a a West Bengal Home Department tweet

said .

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force has said they were putting together

10 more teams to help the state. The state already has 26 NDRF teams in the cyclone

affected areas of Bengal.

On receipt of written request from Principal Secretary Disaster Management and Civil

Defence , Government of West Bengal fordeployment of additional teams, ten additional

NDRF teams have been mobilized and are being rushed at the earliest from NDRF

locations outside West Bengal. Teams are likely to reach Kolkata by late night today, an

official said

Presently 26 NDRF teams are deployed in cyclone affected areas of West Bengal for

restoration work. The additional deployment of 10 teams will bring the total deployment

to 36 teams of NDRF across the 6 districts of West Bengal affected by Cyclone Amphan.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also wrote to the Indian Railways asking them not to

send Shramik Special trains to state till May 26 in view of Cyclone Amphan.

“District administration involved in relief and rehabilitation works after cyclone Amphan.

It won’t be able to receive special trains for the next few days,” Ms Banerjee said.

The death toll due to the cyclone rose to 86 on Saturday.

The Mamata Banerjee Government also sought active support from Indian Railways,

Kolkata Port Trust and private expertises to supply teams and equipment for restoration

of normalcy as Wednesday storm left a trail of destruction in several South Bengal

districts and Kolkata.

The government also asked the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Com Ltd and

CESC to deploy maximal manpower to restore connectivity because power disruption

was affecting supply of drinking water in several parts of the state.


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