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Villagers warn of poll boycott over delay in road work

BERHAMPUR: Angry over the extend within the development of the road from Mohana to Raipanka in Gajapati district, folks of 5 panchayats in Mohana block threatened to boycott the ensuing elections.

The 42.5-km road from Mohana to Raipanka, is part of the Vijayawada-Ranchi corridor that is being built via the Centre to expand Maoist-hit districts and beef up inter-state connectivity.

Led via former deputy chairperson of the zilla parishad, Gajapati, Bimbadhara Nayak, many of us from Mohana, Adava, Birikote and Raipanka panchayats, moved district collector Anupam Saha at Mohana on Monday. They additionally threatened to block the road near Adava from next month if development paintings is not expedited.

"People of the area are facing many difficulties due to non-completion of the road despite several demands," mentioned Nayak. "As there is no other option, we will boycott the coming elections in protest against the inordinate delay in the completion of the road," he added.

The collector mentioned road works are going on in full swing and we can ask the contractor to expedite it. The paintings was once taken up in 2012 at an estimated cost of Rs 66 crore. Delay in approval of the tripartite agreement and moving of the roadside electricity poles are one of the causes for extend in crowning glory of the projects, respectable sources mentioned. The road is being widened from present 3.66 metres to 7 metres, sources mentioned.

Executive engineer, public works departments (PWD), Paralakhemundi, Laxmikant Padhy mentioned the metalling of around 29.5 km out of 42.5-km stretch has been finished so far. Similarly, development of 52 out of 82 culverts were finished. "The work was going in full swing. We have also instructed the contractor to expedite it," mentioned Binodini Behera, assistant govt engineer (R&B) Paralakhemundi. The paintings is predicted to be finished via the year-end.

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