Top bureaucrat reviews projects at red-zone

Malkangiri: Four years after R Vineel Krishna abduction, a top IAS officer today visited the cut off areas near Citrakonda of Malkangiri district to review some welfare projects including much awaited Gurupriya bridge.

Additional chief secretary and KBK commissioner Tara Dutta accompanied by district collector V Prasad Reddy started journey from Janabai ghat by boat to the cut off areas amid tight security. They first reached Badapada panchayat and interacted with the local people.

The top bureaucrat, however, experienced regular affairs of the areas. Many of the schools were kept closed while some of them were functioning without teachers. Status of some other welfare projects was also not so encouraging. After observing all such scenes, Dutta ordered the collector to take immediate measures.

Spending at least one-hour at Badapada panchayat, he visited much awaited under constructed Gurupriya bridge connecting Janabai and Badapada. The top officer reviewed the primary works of the 910 meter long bridge before visiting a BSF camp set up there. He discussed with the jawans about the safety and security of the construction work.

Notably, after then Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna was abducted by Maoists, no IAS officer dare to the visit the red-zone in the district.