ANDHRA PRADESH

Panel’s visit to project site cancelled

Staff Reporter

Srikakulam: The all-party committee, constituted to verify the shutters’ installation work of Vamsadhara project following allegations of corruption, has cancelled its scheduled visit to the site on Saturday due to TDP MLA Kinjarapu Achan Naidu’s reluctance to participate in the verification programme.

He took the decision as the project authorities have decided to take the panel members to the places of their choice and not to the ones chosen by the TDP MLA.

Besides, the MLA protested against the District Collector’s failure to depute a responsible officer to monitor the verification.

Superintendent Engineer of Vamsadhara project Dakshina Murthy has made elaborate arrangements to take the people’s representatives, officials and the media personnel to the project sites. Two RTC luxury buses have been arranged by the project authorities to visit Muddadapeta, Upparapeta, Basivivalasa, Ravulavalasa, Polaki, Yetturalapadu, Kotabommali and Anjanapuram apart from several godowns where shutters and project materiel is stored.

However, the TDP MLA expressed his indignation at the project authorities for fixing up a programme to visit selected places where shutter installation work has been completed.

Mr. Naidu has contended that of the 500 works for which bills have been paid, shutter installation job is completed only at three to four project sites.

According to him, Rs. 52 crores has been paid to the contractors even though hardly 2 per cent work is completed.

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