No Report on Rain-Hit Areas Sent to Centre: Gehlot

No Report on Rain-Hit Areas Sent to Centre: Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today dismissed reports that Governor Margaret Alva had sent a report to the Centre about the situation of rain-hit areas in the state.

"The Governor did not forward any report. It was all speculated by media. She called me and said that neither she sought any report from district collectors nor she forwarded any report (to the centre)," Gehlot told reporters here.

There were reports that the Governor, after visiting inundated Madrampura area, sought reports from district collectors on the rain-affected areas in order to forward it to the Central government.

Gehlot was speaking to reporters after visiting Madrampura area which was inundated following heavy rains in the district.

"I am here to review situation ahead of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's proposed visit. She is scheduled to visit the area tomorrow so we are examining situation. The visit will have positive impact for not only Jaipur alone, but for the entire state," he said.

Gehlot visited several areas in Madrampura where rain water had accumulated following heavy rains last week.

He spoke to people who were rendered homeless.

Gehlot informed locals that Sonia Gandhi would visit their area tomorrow.

The Chief Minister also reviewed preparations for Gandhi's visit.

Gandhi would inaugurate a drinking water project in Barmer district and would halt at Jaipur to visit rain-hit areas.

District Collector Naveen Mahajan apprised Gehlot about relief works and said water had been pumped out but 800 people were still staying in relief camps.

Over 40 people had perished in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan since August 21.

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