The Himachal government has claimed damages worth about Rs 350 crore on account of the damage to public property due to rains this year. The maximum damage was caused to the road infrastructure in the entire state. The memorandum was handed over to the six-member Central team by the Kewal Singh Patahnia, a local Congress leader with the villagers of Shahpur area, demanding that the losses to retaining walls, houses of the people, agriculture, irrigations scheme should be reimbursed at the earliest.
The team was scheduled to first assess the damage to public property in Kangra district. A report has been submitted by the authorities claiming the damage of worth Rs 89 crore to public infrastructure due to the rains this year. The team was headed by Bhagwan Shankar, joint secretary, ministry of home affairs, and five other members from the departments of finance, Planning Commission and the ministry of surface transport.After Kangra, the team members are schedule to visit Kullu, Manali, Shimla and Solan for a day.