Berhampur, March 18 (Localwire): Seven villages in Ganjam district on Monday threatened to boycott polls, alleging that political parties have failed to fulfill poll promises made to people.
People from Malabiripur, Bramhandei, Usta, Punjiamma, Rampuda, Chanchada and Pimpala Malei had been demanding better roads and drinking water supply.
“About five months ago, we had conveyed our decision to boycott polls to Polasara BDO if our demands are not met. The time has come,” said Dharmendra Guru, a villager from Malabiripur.
“Problems of bad roads and drinking water shortage still exist. There’s no other option, we have to boycott polls to protest,” he added.
The villages are located on a hilltop near Singhasani, some 30 km from the Polsara headquarters.
“There is no pucca road. Also, all three tube-wells in the area broke down. We depend on a community well in Usta for water. However, those from other villages walk 1 km to fetch water from Dhanei Nalh,” said Ina Sabara, a villager from Bramhanadei.
“Due to the absence of roads, several villages remain cut-off during the rainy season, when the water-level in the nalh increases,” she said.
Polasara BDO Sambhunath Nandi said: “Since some portion of the roads would pass through the jungle area, we are waiting for the forest department’s clearance. The construction will be taken up by the District Rural Development Department.”
“Since the villages are located on a hill-top, it’s difficult to dig tube-wells. Also, they don’t yield sufficient water throughout the year. We have discussed the matter with engineers to construct an overhead tank with a capacity of 15,000 liters to supply water to villages. Similarly, we have also sanctioned construction of a pond at a cost of Rs.4 lakh,” Nandi said.
Polasara MLA Srikant Sahu added: “The road work was taken up under the NABARD assistance. The work would be started immediately after forest department’s clearance.”