Bhubaneswar, Dec 24: Following the delay in the arrival of chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s helicopter at Kotpad in Koraput on Thursday, the Odisha government on Friday ordered a three-tier review henceforth ahead of any such negligence. Similarly, a 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. In the existing mechanism, a longitude, latitude report was only given by the executive engineer. This was informed to media by Works Secretary, Nalinikanta Pradhan. It was also stated by Pradhan that necessary steps will be taken to ensure such instances do not occur in future.
On Thursday the Odisha government debarred the Executive Engineer of Works department, Biranchi Mohanty for gross negligence of duty resulting in the delay in the arrival of chief minister’s helicopter at Kotpad in Koraput. Works secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan informed to media and said that Mohanty had given wrong information to the pilot on longitude and latitude of Kotpad following which the pilot could not get the exact location of Kotpad after he departed from Jeypore. However he finally arrived at Kotpad after he was given the correct information.
The letter which was sent by the debarred Executive Engineer to the northern region RDC stated that 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, an error of 1 degree could result in an increase of distance around 23-24 kilometers.
The Odisha CM had arrived in Jeypore on Thursday morning from the Bhubaneswar airport in a helicopter during his one-day visit to Koraput. After winding up his Jeypore visit, he left for Kotpad at 12.35 PM. While he was expected to arrive Kotpad at 12.55 PM, there was no sign of the helicopter. Even the police and the district administration got panicked about the delay in the arrival of the chief minister. There was a sign of relief among the officials after the helicopter finally arrived at Kotpad at about 1.25 PM.