Chennai: Tamil Nadu would need a whooping Rs 22,500 crores for relief and restoration of livelihood due to the impact of the destructive Cyclone Vardah which pounded the Chennai coast last week, Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
The Chief Minister, who visited the Prime Minister's residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg here, submitted the memorandum for restoration and reconstruction of the areas devastated by Cyclone Vardah this month.
In his briefing with Modi, Panneerselvam stated that Vardah was a very destructive cyclonic storm in which wind speeds reached upto 140km/hour and extensive damage had been caused in the northern districts, such as Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur.
He also handed over a copy of the resolution adopted by Tamil Nadu Cabinet recently recommending the Bharat Ratna award for former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, in recognition of her services to the nation.
Apart from this, he will also urge the PM to install a life size bronze statue of Jayalalithaa in the Parliament complex.
Panneerselvam had earlier requested Rs 1,000 crore from the Central National Disaster Relief Fund, of which Rs 500 crore have already been disbursed. The CM also gave an assurance to the Prime Minister that his government was committed to implement policies and goals set by late Jayalalithaa.
Jayalalithaa, fondly known as Amma, died on Dec 5, following illness. So, this was thJayalalithaaaa for Tamil Nadu.
More than 1000 trees were uprooted and the city lost power supply after the collapse of electricity poles.