Maoist says no to road construction in Orissa

Those who believe in the philosophy of first destruction, then construction once again seem to have the last laugh in Malkangiri.

The Maoists have put a stop on the road construction works being undertaken in many parts of the district under the central government funded LWE scheme.

After the recent Maoist warning the construction of roads from Govindpalli to Balimela Junction, Malkangiri to Kalimela, Kalimela to Motu, and Dyke-III to Tunnel Camp has come to halt.

The red rebels in hundreds of posters put up at several places in the district were warned the construction companies of dire consequence if they go ahead with work ignoring the writ.

Since than, the A.P and Maharashtra based companies engaged in different road projects have abandoned the work fearing for their lives and damage to the properties.
Ignoring the heavy deployment of paramilitary forces in the region, a group of Maoists were set fire on two JCB excavators and two tractors at Pandraguda, some 2 km from Khairput police limits in last month protesting the on going road construction work by the Hyderabad based IVRC Limited.

The company has been tendered the 72 crore road work from Govindpalli to Balimela to IVRC Limited under central government’s Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) road project work by the Malkangiri Roads & Buildings (R&B) Division.

The construction of 61 crore road project from Malkangiri to Kalimela has not yet been started fearing the rebel’s recent warning.

How we can start the work unless we get the NoC from the Maoists who rules the area, said a company official on conditions of anonymity. We are on the job to get their consent, he added.

With the Maoists halting the construction work of the roads in Malkangiri District, the villagers are finding it difficult to commute from one place to the other.

Most of the roads are patchy with rocks scattered all over them and where incessant rains have led to ditches and pits. Most of the private and public vehicles are unable to ply on the uneven roads.

The ongoing monsoon season is making things more difficult, as most of the unmetalled roads have developed ditches and pits causing greater inconvenience in commuting.

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