Joint inspection by the officials of various government departments on the removal of trees and replacement of electricity and telephone poles to facilitate the widening of Kakinada-Rajahmundry canal road will be held at Vemagiri panchayat office on June 3. Officials of the forest, AP Transco, BSNL and revenue departments will identify the trees and polls to be removed and ex gratia to be paid to the persons concerned. An estimate will be prepared and handed over to the contractor, who, in turn, will pay the amount to the persons concerned.

Reviewing the works here, Joint Collector A. Babu said that there would be a change in the alignment of drainage in some places, for which permission was granted by the departments. He said that the World Bank allocated Rs.300 crore to expand the canal road of a stretch of 62 km into a four-liner. He said that land acquisition had been commenced for the road widening and relief and rehabilitation would be provide to those who lost their assets due to the project. He said that in Kakinada, land acquisition was completed in seven villages and in Rajahmundry the acquisition was completed in 11 villages. He wanted the officials to complete the rehabilitation works by June-end.