Koraput, March 14 (LocalWire): Residents of Kelubadi in Maoist-hit Koraput district have threatened to boycott polls if the government fails to bring electricity to their village.
Villagers have alleged that they had placed their demands before the local elected representatives of Narayanpatna several times, but their wishes have never been fulfilled.
“If our village is not-electrified before general elections, we will boycott polls. It has been unanimously decided at a meeting,” said Rameya Mandingi, a villager.
Some 60 tribal families live in Kelubadi, which is close to the Andhra border and about 100 km from Koraput district headquarters.
According to villagers, electricity poles and power lines were installed about three years ago in Kelubadi, but they were not connected to a transformer.
“We had approached Southco officials (the power company) several times for power supply to our village but to no avail,” said Gumpha Melaka, another villager.
Villagers said that due to absence of electricity, people are afraid to venture out at night for fear of being attacked by wild animals.
“Even to charge our mobile phones we have to go to a nearby village,” said Chitra Bidika, of the same village.
Power officials, though, said that the electrification work, which had started in 2017 under the Biju Jyoti Yojana, couldn’t be completed due to the non-availability of a 16KV transformer.
“We have asked the contractor to complete the work as the transformer is now available. We hope, the villagers will get power connections soon,” said Tusar Kant Nayak, sub-divisional officer, Southco, Laxmipur.