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Downpour disrupts PM's Orissa tour

August 29, 2006 10:31 IST

Rains continued to play spoilsport during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's two-day tour of Orissa, forcing changes in his itinerary on Tuesday.

Dr Singh had been scheduled to fly by helicopter to Tusra in Bolangir district and then visit Sunabeda area of Koraput in the impoverished Korapur-Bolangir-Kalahandi region before leaving for Visakhapatnam in the afternoon.

Official sources in Bhubaneswar said the prime minister's proposed visit to Bolangir had been cancelled.

He is now expected to fly to Visakhapatnam in his special aircraft at around 10.15 am. The prime minister will wait there and fly in a chopper to Sunabeda if the weather improved. Dr Singh will later depart for New Delhi from Visakhapatnam.

Meanwhile, reports indicated at rains in Bolangir and Koraput on Tuesday morning under the influence of a low pressure area formed over the north Bay of Bengal. It has also been raining in Bhubaneswar since Monday night.

Heavy rains greeted the prime minister on his arrival in Bhubaneswar on Monday morning, forcing him to cancel his scheduled trip to Kaniha in Angul district where he was to dedicate the 3000 MW super thermal National Thermal Power Corporation power station to the nation.

Dr Singh later dedicated the plant from Bhubaneswar itself through a televised programme from the studios of Doordarshan Kendra.

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