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Athmallick panchayat threatened to boycott panchayat elections

 By Jagadananda Pradhan

Angul(FASTMAIL):-The electorates of six villages under Luhasingha panchayat of Athamallick block in the district have threatened government authorities to boycott the upcoming panchayat elections if their longstanding demand of road construction is not met.The villagers have demanded the government to undertake the pending road construction works in their areas or otherwise they will boycott the upcoming panchayat elections.

The villages are  Bankauala,Udapadara,Kendupati,Ranamunda,Dalaki and Nua Kendupati. These remote villages are situated at a distance of 15 to 20kms away from Athamallik sub divisional headquarters. The greatest woes of the villagers are a road. There has been no road connection to these villages by which the villagers of these villages have been facing pitiable days.


 Nanda Kishore Sahoo,a village leader said,””Due to want of the road neither 108 vehicle nor any other ambulances could each to their villages in rainy season. Road communication to and intra villages are very poor and .People are facing enormous difficulties during the time of the rainy season. People also alleged that none from outside are in favour of giving bride to the grooms belonging to these villages”.

In a letter to the BDO Athamallik and copies submitted to sub collector Athamallick and collector Angul the villagers regretted that despite their pleas for lat 15 years no step has been taken by either block or district authorities to undertake road construction work in the villages.

They have threatened to boycott the coming panhchayat election if the proper roads have not provided to them. Athamallik sub collector Lalita Behera said that it is to be enquired as to who is the authorities of these roads and then a decision can be taken in this regard. It is upto the block authorities and rural development department to undertake the road construction work.

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