Himansu Shekhar Rout

An unusual scene unfolded near Lalsingh panchayat office under Bhanjanagar block of Ganjam district on Monday. A curious crowd thronged the place where an elderly person was sitting alone with some documents under a tattered roof of a black polythene sheet supported by three poles.

On inquiry, people learned about the reason why the senior citizen was sitting there. He was protesting for a community cause while others hardly bothered. 

Retired teacher Satyanarayan Sahu has long been upset over perennial commuting woes in his village in the absence of a pucca road. The Adarsh Marg Road passing near the Anganwadi centre and Ram Temple is in bad shape. The condition of the road looks more deplorable with garbage heaps and discarded items scattered along the roadsides. The drains on both sides are dilapidated and remain uncovered.

“In the monsoon, the misery of the residents compounds when the road is flooded with overflowing water from the drains. Apart from the commuting nightmare, people often face accidents,” the septuagenarian lamented.

It was learned that since 2009, the 78-year-old citizen has been drawing the attention of the block administration about the bad shape of the roads, but it yielded no results. “I had apprised the sarpanch, the BDO, the tehsildar, the sub-collector, and even the Chief Minister. Nothing happened. Finally, I decided to launch a fast-unto-death on behalf of the locals. I will sit here till my demand is not fulfilled. I demand immediate restoration of the communication lifeline of our locality," Sahu said.
Speaking to the media, Sarpanch of Lalsingh panchayat, Shibaram Sahu said, "The work of the road will be taken up very soon.”   

Reaction of the block administration has not been received.

  • Reported by:
  • Rajesh Kumar Panda