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Odisha team visits disputed areas in Koraput

Press Trust of India  |  Koraput (Odisha) 

A state level official team has visited the panchayat to take stock of the problems of the people in the area of district where the state is embroiled in a dispute with over ownership of several villages.

The of and Pottangi MLA who accompanied the team said "we visited the area yesterday and talked to some villagers about their problems. The villagers are also told that they can attend the review meeting at in the evening, if they wish".

"We visited the residential school, health centre, panchayat office and other government establishments at and interacted with the locals. A report on the present situation at will be submitted to the government for action," said a

The team members also visited Tolo Ganjaipadar village where last month the of Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) had launched their states Janmabhoomi programme.

A section of villagers alleged that they were upset as the team asked them to place their problems at a meeting later in town instead of giving the a hearing in the area.

"The team members came to Kotia but did not listen to our problems. They asked us to come to Koraput, around 60 km from here, to place our demands at a review meeting in the evening. Why should we travel such long distance in night? said Kamesh Gamel, a Kotiya resident.

We want to be a part of Odisha, but from the attitude of the officials it doesnt seem they are really concerned about our problems. Their visit is just an eye-wash, said another local Biswanath Khillo.

The team members were of Police Sanjeev Panda, (revenue department) Ashok Kumar Nayak, (revenue department) Sasadhar Nayak and Engineer-in-chief (rural department) Ashutosh Mallick accompanied by KBK S P Thakur, (Koraput) K Sudarshan Chakravarthy, SP (Koraput)

Odisha and Andhra are entangled in a battle over the ownership of 21 out of the 28 villages of Kotia panchayat since 1968.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 12:25 IST