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Connectivity a key challenge for locals in these 16 Kalahandi villages


Connectivity a key challenge for locals in these 16 Kalahandi villages

Kalahandi (Odisha), Apr 11 (ANI): 16 villages in Odisha's Kalahandi district remain cut off as the area is deprived of roads, forcing locals of these water-locked villages to turn to waterways for their commute. Locals in Thuamul Rampur (Block) of Kalahandi claim that they are cut off for the last 40 years, ever since the development of Indravati Dam Project began.

Voters in this region are, however, enthusiastic to vote in the hope that their demands will be fulfilled. The area comes under the parliamentary constituency of Biju Janata Dal's Member of Parliament (MP) Arka Keshari Deo.

Locals in the region have claimed that they have no option but to travel by boats, even to hospitals and schools, as there are no other means of transportation. While speaking to ANI, one of the locals said, "During the rainy season, people have to walk for 7 km in the water." Odisha goes to polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.

Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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