Andhra govt resumes road work in Odisha’s Gajapati

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Paralakhemundi: The neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has once again intruded into the Odisha land and resumed road construction work at Khinga village of Gajapati district.

Earlier, the Koraput district administration had stopped the Andhra government from constructing roads in Kotia, Gudikhudi, and Madhiakhola villages.

According to sources, Andhra government had started construction of roads at Khinga village but halted the construction work after a section of media highlighted the intrusion. Now the Andhra government has resumed the construction work by laying metals on the road of the village.

“It is the responsibility of the Odisha government, the district administration and the people of Gajapati district to stop such illegal activities of the Andhra government,” Ramnath Mishra, president of Gajapati Bar Association, told the media-persons.

Although Odisha government has put up signboards on the border, Andhra government continues to breach it with various construction works in the bordering villages, sources said.

Locals of Khinga village have expressed their disappointment over the road construction by the Andhra government. The locals also threatened to launch a protest against the government of the neighbouring state. “If the Odisha government fails to address the issue, we will hit the streets,” said a local of Khinga.

When contacted, Ayub Mandal, tehsildar of Kasinagar, said, “We will take up the matter with the Andhra government and ask them to stop the illegal construction.”

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