Dilip Kumar

Jeypore: Amid frequent surfacing of border dispute between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, even as officials of both the States had recently agreed to maintain status quo until the demarcation is completed, officials of the neighbouring Andhra has once again stroked a fresh controversy by reportedly constructing pucca roads at Sunabeda village under Sambai GP of the district.

The additional Tehsildar of Pottangi, has visited the spot and started investigation after locals alerted him about the fresh development.

Recently, on December 3, the administrative and revenue officials of the two States had convened a meeting and agreed to put any developmental activities on hold until the boundaries are demarcated.

However, Andhra officials have allegedly violated the agreement and started constructing road at the dispute site, sources said.

On December 12, a team of revenue officials had conducted a survey near Sunabeda village and found no manipulation of border signs as claimed by Andhra officials. The team found that the boundary symbols which were put up during the settlement survey conducted by Madras Presidency in 1955, have remained intact.

The border dispute cropped up after some officials of the neighbouring State demolished the signboards put up by the Odisha government at Sambai Gram Panchayat. The signboard was pushed 500 metre into Odisha side allegedly by Andhra officials.

Koraput district authorities had urged the RDC (Southern Division) to send a team of revenue officials to carry out a survey and earmark the actual boundary.

In November, four villages in Andhra Pradesh side staged a road blockade at Sunabeda village after AP authorities were stopped from digging a pond inside Odisha territory.