Chitrakonda reps meet CM over disrupted launch services

Bhubaneswar: Representatives of the cut off areas of Chitrakonda region in Malkangiri district desperately moved to CM office on Friday taking their untold miseries of motor launch services which has been halted for last 10 days following Maoist threat.
 
The team comprising all panchayat samiti members, sarpanch and ward members of the region met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and urged to take urgent measures for early resumption of launch service.
 
The delegation decided to meet Patnaik after the Malakngiri district administration, which held a meeting on last Monday, failed to reach any conclusion over the issue. Last week, Congress MLAs had expressed concern over the halted launch services raising the issue in the Odisha Assembly during the recently concluded monsoon session.
 
The legislators criticized the government’s attitude towards the plight of the tribal people.
 
According to sources, on August 20 some armed Maoists had threatened the launch operators to stop the services from the following morning. Even as the reason of their threatening was yet to be known, the launch operators were forced to stop the communication on water route from August 21.
 
After the launch service was suspended, 151 revenue villages in seven gram panchayats of the cut-off parts have been affected for the last ten days. The motor launch is the only means of transportation for the people to connect rest of the world.