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ANDHRA- Rains Play Truant Again

dated facts and figures to justify their stand that the Talcher-Bimlagarh rail Jink will not be economical. Geological Survey of India has confirmed a vast reserve of 150 million tonnes of export grade ore in this region which should more than justify a rail link to Paradeep. Given such a link, this would become one of the biggest high-grade iron ore bearing regions in the country, with the minimum rail haulage distance to a deep-sea port. In addition, the vast industrial belt from Rarichi to Paradeep will become approachable. The rail link will also connect the iron ore belt of Khandadhar as well as many deposits of other minerals like mica, garnet, quartzite, coal, staurolite, limestone, fire-clay, ilmenite, manganese, etc, with Paradeep. Heavy Engineering Corporation's plant at Ranchi and the Rourkela and Bokaro steel plants can also be connected to Paradeep through this link. Nor has Government of India's attitude to the Rs 10-crore 50 mile Cuttack-Paradeep rail link been very helpful, though now, after wasting much time, it has at last WHILE many parts of the country are reeling under the impact of floods, drought has struck many others, occasioning grave concern about the prospects of the kharif harvest. In Andhra drought has hit 11 out of 20 districts, 58 out of the 115 taluks in these districts and 5,527 out of 7,859 villages in these taluks. The south-west monsoon has so far failed to materialise sufficiently and sowing and transplantation of paddy and other seedlings have already been delayed almost everywhere. The position may be said to be satisfactory only in the areas covered by the Goda- vari and Krishna canal systems and to a lesser extent in the area covered by the Tungabhadra canal system. In the rest of the State the situation varies from had to very bad and the State Government is agitatedly discussing extensive relief operations estimated to cost about Rs 22 crores.

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