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Rain disrupts PM's Orissa trip

Heavy rain leads to delays and possible cancellation of Manmohan Singh's visits to Bolangir and Koraput districts.

india Updated: Aug 29, 2006 11:32 IST

Heavy rains on Tuesday once again upset Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's programme in Orissa with visits to Bolangir and Koraput districts delayed and possibly cancelled.

The Prime Minister, who arrived in Bhubaneswar on Monday for a two-day visit, was scheduled to leave for the two districts at 7:40 am. "He was scheduled to start his journey from here at 7:40 am but could not proceed due to heavy rains," said a top police official.

At the moment his trip is delayed, but if the bad weather continues he may have to cancel his programme to that region, added an airport official.

On Monday, the Prime Minister had to cancel his visit to Kaniha in Angul district. Instead, he dedicated the 3,000 MW Talcher Super Thermal Power Station, India's largest power plant, to the nation through video conferencing from Bhubaneswar.

Manmohan Singh is to visit the Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput (KBK) region, one the most backward regions of the country, to see for himself the implementation of various central welfare programmes and interact with the people.

According to the official schedule, he was to arrive in Bolangir district at about 10 am and in Koraput at 2 pm by Indian Air force helicopter. He is scheduled to leave Orissa from there to go to Andhra Pradesh at 4:35 pm.