Project Update | January 2011
World Bank to assist states
The union cabinet has approved the implementation of Phase I of National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) for Andhra Pradesh and Orissa at an estimated cost of Rs 1496.71 crore. This project is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme and aims to minimize the vulnerability to cyclones and make people and infrastructure disaster resilient. The project is the first disaster risk mitigation initiative, which would be implemented in the country to reduce loss of life and property in the event of future calamities. The World Bank will provide financial assistance equivalent to Rs 1198.44 crore while the remaining Rs. 298.27 crore will be provided by the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.
Under the project, cyclone forecasting, tracking and warning systems, cyclone risk mitigation and capacity building in multi-hazard risk management will be upgraded. The major infrastructure includes multipurpose cyclone shelters (including shelter-cum-godown and approach roads/bridges to habitations) and embankments (including construction and renovation of saline embankments).
The project is expected to benefit 5.60 lakh people in Orissa and over 5.50 lakh people in Andhra Pradesh. It will further help in protection of 38; 296 ha land in Orissa and about 12,640 ha in Andhra Pradesh.