Jagatsinghpur, November 30 (LocalWire): Uncertainty looms large over the fate of the Rs 25-crore infrastructure of the Central School at Sanpur panchayat under Jagatsinghpur tahsil.
The construction of the school building is being opposed by the villagers due to delay in the demarcation of the land, forcing the construction agency to leave with all construction equipment and machinery on Friday.
The villagers have alleged that the land allotted to the school has blocked the passage road to over 100 acres of land that are now lying empty because the tractors and other machinery cannot be taken there.
According to the villagers, the administration had assured that provisions will be made for the construction of the road to their paddy field, which is yet to be done impacting the livelihood of farmers who own the fields across the school.
According to sources, the government-owned National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) was assigned the contract for construction of the school buildings, quarter and other infrastructure of new Central School on 6.5 acres.
While the administration had handed over the land to the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan deputy commissioner for setting up of the school in 2017, nothing was done for demarcation of land by district administration.
The irate villagers then decided to intensify their stir and protest the construction of the school.
Despite stir from the local villagers and dispute over the demarcation of the land, the foundation stone of the building was laid by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal through video conferencing.
Meanwhile, three villagers Madan Behera, Batakrushna Bhoi, Dhaneswer Behera have filed a writ petition seeking Orissa High Court directive for a 10-feet road at the site to enable farmers to reach their paddy fields.
The High Court has directed the district administration to solve this dispute within 15 days.
Speaking to the LocalWire, NPCC deputy manager Viveka Mishra said that the construction work has been severely affected because the administration has not yet solved the land dispute.
“Villagers are demanding 10 feet road and even the demarcation of land has not been completed,” he said.