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Sharmili Mallick

News Highlights

  • People of Damdargouni village in Telkoi block of Keonjhar district cross the overflowing canal on a regular basis.
  • 300 families cross the channel on foot everyday to reach the village market.
  • Despite repeated requests of the villagers for the construction of a bridge, their pleas have remained unheard.
  • BDO has assured that steps will be taken to resolve the issue soon.

Despite the tall claims of Odisha government about implementation of plethora of welfare schemes for the people of the State, many in several remote areas are  still deprived of basic amenities.

Around 300 families residing in Majhi Sahi and Dandahuli Sahi of Damdargouni village under Saleikena panchayat in Telkoi block of Keonjhar district were seen wading through waist-deep in the overflowing canal on a regular basis for their daily needs in the absence of a bridge.

As per reports, the 300 families of Majhi Sahi and Dandahuli Sahi reside at one side of the village and have to cross the channel on foot everyday to reach the village market for their regular needs which include marketing, agricultural activities school, college and medical facilities.

The villagers alleged though they have repeatedly requested the concerned local administration for constructing a bridge on the canal, their pleas have remained unheard.

The villagers further told that during rainy days, they have to lead a stranded life for three-four months due to the unavailability of a bridge.

“We live on one side of the river and the village is on the other side. We have to cross the canal for our daily needs. It’s been over 25 years, the concerned authorities have not taken any step to resolve our issues,” alleged Babita Majhi, a resident of Majhi Sahi.

A resident of Dandahuli Sahi, Brahma Pradhan said, “I have to cross the canal every day as our agricultural lands are on the other side. Though we have appraised the sarpanch and local administration about our problem, no steps have been taken yet.”

On being asked, Telkoi Block Development Officer (BDO), Dilip Kumar Bada said the steps will be taken to resolve the issue soon.

“The technical team will be sent for verification soon and submit a report in this regard to the higher authorities. We will try to address the issue at the earliest,” assured the BDO.

(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)

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