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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Gajapati: Resentment is brewing among the locals over alleged indifferent attitude of the State Government towards the development of Lunda waterfall near Amaringi under Gangabada Panchayat in the district, whereas Andhra Pradesh Government has already started the initiative for beautification of the project in their side of the border.

The waterfall in Lunda Mountain, situated in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh border is popularly known as ‘Patala Ganga’ in the area.

According to local sources, people used to throng the place in the past, but the footfalls have reduced these days due to poor road communication facilities. People of the area collect stones from the mountain every year during Dussehra and worship those.

“The site has a tremendous tourism potential. But the State Government has done nothing for its development,” alleged a local resident, Iswar Jani.

On the other hand, Andhra Pradesh Government has already started the initiative for the development of the project on their side of the border. A team of officials has already visited the site and taken stock of the situation.

After the development, the district administration of the state has awakened and assured development of the waterfall, within Odisha border.

“Lunda waterfall is situated in a very remote place. We have to look into the fact weather the waterfall is coming within the reserve forest or not. We will discuss the matter with the forest department in detail and take necessary steps for the development of the waterfall,” stated Gajapati Collector Anupam Saha.

(Edited by Ramakant Jena)

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