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Funds released for digging canal

Malkangiri: As promised during negotiations after the abduction of former collector of Malkangiri district R Vineel Krishna, the state government has sanctioned Rs 55 lakh for digging of the Manyamkunda-Karkatapalli branch canal.

Releasing the funds from Backward Region Grant (BRG), a central government sponsored assistance, Malkangiri district collector, M Muthu Kumar said more funds will be provided for the construction of 8 km canal from the Kampakunda main canal.

After the construction, irrigation facilities will be provided to tribal-dominated, heavily forested and inaccessable areas, he said.

While demanding construction of the canal, the Maoists had also kidnapped three block-level officers from a village meeting but later released.

The canal construction was a long-standing demand of the local tribal people as well as Maoists.

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