Berhampur, September 23 (LocalWire): The district administration in Gajapati has set up a demarcated post at the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border area of Champapur in Rayagada block to prevent any states boundary dispute between locals from the two states.
The decision to set up the post was taken following the dispute between the villagers of Champapur in Odisha and some villagers of Singipur in Andhra Pradesh recently.
According to reports, over four people from Andhra Pradesh had forcibly entered into Champapur and destroyed some horticulture crops in an incident last week.
“The Rayagada block development officer (BDO) Lukas Pradhan and tehsildar Ranjan Pradhan visited the spot on Sunday and installed the demarcation posts to avoid any further dispute over the boundary,” Gajapati collector Anupam Saha said.
“Now there is no dispute over the boundary between the villagers of two states,” he added.
“The demarcation was already made by the two neighboring states, while some posts were installed in the boundary area from our side,” the tehsildar stated.
“Since some of the posts were missing we have re-installed them,” Pradhan said, adding that as many as six posts have been installed in the boundary of Champapur village.
He, however, said that none of their counterpart officers from Andhra Pradesh were present during the installation.
“Since there is no boundary dispute between the two states, their presence is not required. We have only installed the posts in the demarcated areas,” he added.
Only a 500-meter road was divided between the two border villages Champapur in Gangabada panchayat of Rayagada district and Singipur in Andhra Pradesh and the BDO asked villagers in both border villages to maintain cordial relation.
Police said at least four persons from Singipur in Andhra Pradesh had entered into Champapur and claimed some of the areas belonged to their states. The villagers of Champapur had protested. In the evening hour of the same day, the matter was solved amicably between them.
“We have not registered any case in this regard as the villagers did not lodge any complaint before the police,” Gajapati superintendent of police Sarah Sharma said.
She further clarified that no case was lodged against the people of Champapur in Andhra Pradesh police station in this issue either.
“Despite the fact, we are keeping a vigil on the situation. The inspector-in-charge of Garabandh police station along with the forces is conducting patrolling in the area regularly to prevent any untoward incident,” she said.