Staff Reporter

Official criticised for not getting survey work completed in time

GUNTUR: There is a severe shortage of authorized land survey personnel in Guntur district with only 39 of them covering 57 mandals. Assistant Director Land Survey K. Mallikarjun came under severe criticism from the legislators and other elected representatives for not getting survey works completed within a reasonable time.

At the district Rural Development Agency governing body meeting here on Saturday, Vinukonda MLA Makkena Mallikarjuna Rao said: "There are people waiting to get their lands surveyed for more than a year after having paid the required fee at MRO's office."

Supporting his statement, Prathipadu MLA Ravi Venkata Ramana demanded a schedule to be drawn and people assured of early completion of survey work for various statutory needs. The

Indira Prabha scheme hit

Indira Prabha scheme for waste and dry land development was also getting affected due to shortage of staff, the MLAs said. The deployment was also not proper as each person was given two mandals situated at a distance of more than 50 k.m. of each other in some cases, they pointed out.

The survey of land that would get submerged under the Pulichintala reservoir was progressing well according to Mr. Mallikarjun. Survey in Kethavaram village was stalled due to boundary dispute.

Tardy progress

The progress of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund - IX and X was tardy with only 30 to 35 per cent of funds utilized within the stipulated period (March 2006), but NABARD had given a year's extension upto March 2007 for works to be completed.

While Rs.9.5 crores was sanctioned under RIDF-IX only Rs.3.9 crores was spent so far, according to the report submitted by the District Water Management Authority PO Rajasekhar.

Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, chaired the first meeting of Vigilance and Monitoring Committee for Rural Development Programmes. District Collector G. Jayalakshmi was also present.