CM’s chopper delay fallout: 3-tier review henceforth ordered

Bhubaneswar: Following the delay in the arrival of chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s helicopter at Kotpad in Koraput district yesterday, the Odisha government on Friday ordered a three-tier review henceforth ahead of any such sojourn.

Informing this to the media in the state capital this afternoon, Works Secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan said that a 3-tier review of safety and security of helipad will be conducted from now on. Similarly, three-tier examination of the longitude, latitude report will also be carried out. Moreover, reports will be sought from the junior engineer, assistant engineer & executive engineer, he informed. In the existing mechanism, a longitude, latitude report was only given by the executive engineer.

Mohanty also stated that necessary steps will be taken to ensure such instances do not occur in future.

“In a bid to ensure that these incident do not occur in future we have ordered 3-tier review. After the junior engineer has checked the data, it will be further verifed by the assistant engineer and the executive engineer. All the three concerned officials will also a give a certificate in this regard,” said Mohanty.

Notably, the chief minister, during his one-day visit to Koraput district, had arrived in Jeypore yesterday morning from Bhubaneswar in a helicopter.

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Subsequently, the Odisha government suspended Biranchi Mohanty, Executive Engineer, Works department, for gross dereliction of duty resulting in the delay in the arrival of chief minister’s helicopter at Kotpad in Koraput district.

As per the letter sent by the suspended executive engineer to the northern region RDC, the latitudes were mentioned as 18 degree, 8 minute, 15 seconds instead of 19 degree, 8 minute, 15 seconds. The error has been attributed as a typographical error in the letter.

According to experts, a error of 1 degree could result in a increase of distance around 23-24 kilometers.

“There was a typing error. I signed it after it was checked by the office. The latitudes were typed wrongly,” said suspended  Executive Engineer, Biranchi Mohanty.

“The longitude and latitude data are fed into the GPS. If inputs are incorrect then it will show a wrong destination,” said former Indian Air Force official, Group Captain, Atanu Guru.