Paradip, November 29 (LocalWire): Pressing for their demand of a mega super-specialty hospital and medical college at Bhutmundai, over 15,000 people today literally joined hands to form an 18-km long human chain from Kujang to ADM office in Paradip.
According to Anchlika Surakaya Samiti (ASS) officials, people from 25 panchayats in Jagatsinghpur and five panchayats in Kendrapada had joined the initiative to support for the cause.
The ASS was set up by locals from Kujang in Jagatsinghpur district, and Mahakalapada block of Kendrapada district to intensify their stir and push for their demand of setting up a hospital in the region.
The locals allege that the pollution in Paradip and Kujang areas has been on the rise ever since the industries started coming up in the area, adversely impacting the health of the people in the vicinity.
The group argued that while local people have sacrificed their land that is being used to set up industries, they have been deprived of employment and neither the company nor government has done anything to improve the health services.
The ASS led by its convener Raghunath Sahoo had held a discussion on the matter with the administration on 7 July last, but it yielded no result forcing the activists to take this unique idea of forming the human chain to press their demand.
During the protest and formation of the human chain, ASS leaders Sriballav Kar, Prakash Chandra Tripathy, Pramod Kumar Jena, Baburam Chaudhury, Sanjay Swain, Subash Mohapatra, and others addressed the gathering and pledged to intensify the stir and paralyzing the government machinery if their demand was not met.
The ASS leaders have been demanding that the hospital with medical college be built on the land meant for the proposed modern truck terminal at Paradip because there was no other suitable land available for it.