Adani Group commits Rs. 25 Crore for cyclone-hit Odisha

Bhubaneshwar: The Adani Group has committed Rs 25 crore to the Odisha Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for supporting the people affected by the recent spate of severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’.

Speaking to media persons, Karan Adani, CEO, Adani Ports, and Special Economic Zone said, “We are deeply pained by the devastation caused by Cyclone Fani in Odisha. The Adani Group stands united with the state administration and the people of Odisha during this hour of despair. For immediate relief, we commit to contribute Rs 25 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Going forward, we also plan to provide key resources for the massive rehabilitation work underway. We want to reassure the people of Odisha that the Adani Group will work shoulder to shoulder to rebuild this beautiful state.”

The group has vowed to extend full support to the government’s rehabilitation efforts towards the affected areas of Odisha.

One of the 100 percent subsidiaries of Adani Ports and SEZ- the Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) is situated between Haldia and Paradeep. After receiving the forecast regarding the landfall of cyclone Fani from IMD, officials of DPCL met Sarpanches of adjoining Gram Panchayats and assured all support in case of any eventuality.

According to the company’s spokesperson, to minimize the impact from the cyclone, Adani Group had engaged all resources to ensure the safety of their staff and clients.

“Arrangements for medical support, dry relief, restoration of communication, drainage and providing specialized marine services was also placed on priority. As a safety measure people from areas likely to be hit by the cyclone were shifted to the Adani DAV School”, said the group in a statement.

The group also stated that in the ongoing rehabilitation work, Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) is coordinating with government officials and their on-ground staff for distribution of food, water, and medical supplies.

Adani Group is one of India’s largest integrated infrastructure conglomerates with interests in Resources (coal mining and trading), Logistics (ports, logistics, shipping and rail), Energy (Renewable and thermal power generation, transmission and distribution), and Agro (commodities, edible oil, food products, cold storage and grain silos), Real Estate, Public Transport Infrastructure, Consumer Finance and Defence and is headquartered in Ahmedabad.

Nearly 6 lakh houses were damaged after the ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ Fani hit Odisha coast in Puri district on May 3. At least 37 people lost their lives and around 1.48 crore people were affected due to cyclone ‘Fani’, the state government informed on Tuesday.