Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Debt and Disaster

Disasters may be frequenting the coastal regions. But not like the one that we saw in Chennai till yesterday, in the recent history. It may take months for the city to recover from the shock and may need billions of rupees for recovering the lost infrastructure and assets. This signifies that no disaster will be like its predecessors and they manage us and not us managing them.

The estimate for the insurance sector outflow for the rescue has been put at a measly Rs.500cr.  It may have excluded the assets insured in the financial sector. Several industries, export-oriented auto components industry, leather industry, several MSMEs alone have assets worth around Rs.2lakh crores in and around Chennai, the marooned metro for a century.