Berhampur, March 5(LocalWire): The construction of a 42 km-stretch of road from Mohana to Raipanka in the Vijaywada-Ranchi corridor was expedited after residents threatened to boycott both the general and state assembly elections due to delay in the work.
Construction of this stretch began in 2012 with an estimated cost of Rs 66 crore with an aim to usher in development of Maoist-affected districts and to improve inter-state connectivity.
Residents said they were facing a lot of problems due to the non-completion of the work and despite complaining several times, the authorities had turned a blind eye.
Led by the former deputy chairperson of the zilla parishad, Gajapati district, Bimbadhara Nayak, residents of Mohana, Adava, Birikote and Raipanka panchayats met the district collector Anupam Saha and complained of the delay.
They also threatened to block the road near Adava, if the construction work was not hastened.
‘We will boycott the coming elections protesting the inordinate delay of the completion of the road project,’ said Nayak but the Collector assured him that construction work would go on in full swing and the project will be complete by the year-end.
Already, metalling of 29.5 km out of the 42 km stretch and construction of 52 out of total 82 culverts has been completed. The road has also being widened from existing 3.66-metre to 7 metres.
‘Delay in approval of the tripartite agreement and shifting of electric poles were some of the reasons for the delay in the completion of the project,’ PWD Executive engineer, Laxmikant Padhy said.