NCP chief Sharad Pawar to start two-day visit to flood-hit areas from Sunday; CM Uddhav Thackeray to visit Solapur on MondayUpdated: Oct 18, 2020, 04:33 IST
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has planned a two-day visit to the flood-affected areas of Marathwada region (central Maharashtra) starting Sunday. Pawar will be visiting parts of Osmanabad and Latur districts during the visit.
On the first day, the NCP chief will visit Tuljapur, Umarga (Omerga), Osmanabad tehsils of Osmanabad district and Ausa tehsil of Latur district. On Monday, he will visit other areas of Tuljapur tehsil and later visit areas of Paranda tehsil in Osmanabad district, said a senior NCP leader, wishing not to be named.
In the past four days, the retreating monsoon has caused damage to harvest-ready crops across over 7 lakh hectares in more than 10 districts in central and western Maharashtra. In districts like Solapur, Sangli, Kolhapur, Satara, Osmanabad, Latur, Beed and Aurangabad, heavy rains have destroyed standing crops such as soy bean, cotton, gram, sugarcane and pomegranate. Solapur in western Maharashtra and Osmanabad in central Maharashtra are considered as the worst-affected districts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray about the flood situation and assured the Centre’s support in the ongoing rescue and relief work. The state has also decided to approach the Centre for a relief package.
CM Thackeray to tour flood-affected Solapur on Monday
Chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray is going to tour flood-affected areas in Solapur district on Monday. There was growing pressure on the CM to tour the areas in western Maharashtra and Marathwada from political opponents.
Thackeray will review the situation in Akkalkot, Rampur, Bori-Umarga talukas in Solapur. He is also going to hold a meeting with district officials for speeding up panchnamas to assess the extent of crop damage and damages to property.
Fadnavis to start 3-day visit
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition and former CM Devendra Fadnavis has also declared holding a three-day visit to the flood-hit areas starting from Monday. On Monday, he will visit areas in Pune and Solapur districts and On Tuesday, he will be visiting areas in Osmanabad, Latur, Beed and Parbhani districts and on the last day, he will visit parts of Hingoli, Jalna and Aurangabad districts.