Villagers in Malkangiri lay roads on their own as admin turns blind eye

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Malkangiri: After the district administration turned a blind eye to repair a non-motorable road, the residents of Kutanipada village of Khairput block in Malkangiri district repaired a road using their own resources.

Reportedly, the villagers have took up the construction of an eight-kilometre long road from Kutinipada to Sanadural.

The move by the villagers came after incidents of people being carried to hospitals using bamboo slings and cot is reportedly at regular intervals.

Locals have alleged that patients fail to reach the hospital in time due to the non-motorable road. Moreover, ambulance services were also unable to reach the village and people have to carry the ill on cots.

Earlier, the villagers had apprised the district administration for a road, but in vain. With no options left, the locals decided to construct the road by themselves, sources said.

When contacted, the Panchayat development officials said that, while many villages lack motorable roadways, the local BDOs have been directed to initiate the road repairing and construction work under various schemes immediately.

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