Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis suspends poll rally, reviews flood


Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday suspended his ongoing “Maha Janaadesh Yatra” and undertook an aerial review of the flood situation prevailing in several parts of the state.

“The chief minister has suspended the last day of the Yatra that was scheduled to be held at Dhule and Nandurbar so that full concentration can be given on relief and rehabilitation of flood affected victims,” Yatra coordinator Sujit Singh Thakur told He added that the second leg of the Yatra will resume as scheduled on August 17.

“The chief minister conducted an aerial survey to review the flood situation of Sangli and Kolhapur districts.  Ministers Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, Eknath Shinde were also present,” an official from the chief minister’s office said.

The CMO official added that Fadnavis spoke to Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa and he has agreed to release 5 lakh cusecs water from Almatti dam. “This will help bringing down water level in sangli,” he said.

He added that Union Home Minister Amit Shah also spoke to Fadnavis and assured all kind of assistance from Centre to tackle the flood situation in Maharashtra and that the Union government is closely monitoring the situation.

The official said a total of 22 teams are working in Kolhapur (NDRF-5, Navy-14, Coastguard-1, Army column-1, SDRF-1). For Sangli, total 11 teams are deployed are – ( NDRF-8, Coastguard-2, Army-1)

Also, another 5 NDRF teams have reached Pune and two teams are on way to Kolhapur, two on way to Sangli and one to Pune. Two more teams of Coast Guard is reaching Kolhapur in some time. 5 Navy teams are on way to Sangli with 2 SDRF teams. The state has demanded 5 more NDRF teams, he said.

Meanwhile, Pune-Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen, Sinhagad Exp and Intercity trains have been cancelled from August 8-11, while Mumbai Kolhapur Mumbai Sahyadri express are cancelled from August 8-11. Mahalaxmi express: Mumbai-Kolhapur is cancelled from August 9-12 and Kolhapur-Mumbai is cancelled from August 8-11 due to the flood situation.

Slamming the BJP-led state government, NCP Mumbai unit chief Nawab Malik said Fadnavis was more interested in garnering votes for his party than providing relief to the flood hit regions and that he undertook the aerial tour only after pressure from the Opposition.

“We demand that the government call an all party meeting, along with the rescue forces to chalk out a plan for providing immediate assistance without indulging in politics,” Malik said.