Rayagada: The Gunupur Sub-Collector along with administrative officials reached the Naxal-affected Chandrapur block in Orissa’s Rayagada district to interact with locals about their problem.
The IAS officer, D Sidheswar, braved two rocky mountains and non-motorable roads as heavy rain over the last few days has cut-off the block from the mainland.
The top official visited many villages including Kurumaguda, Gudulibali, Brahaguda, Upara and Badrisahi under the block and discussed with the people on various facilities including the availability of basic civic amenities.
The Gunupur Sub-Collector accepted the challenges of these inaccessible villages and discussed issues like safe drinking water, electricity, approach road, basic health facilities and social security schemes.
Sidheswar discussed with Kurumaguda villagers about drinking water facilities and directed the concerned engineers to dig tube wells immediately. Later, people of Upara village alleged that infants and kids fall prey to malnutrition due to lack of an Anganwadi centre in the locality.
The official trekked several kilometres on the rugged terrain and got the first hand experience about the difficulties faced by the locals. Reportedly, the villages located on Rayagada-Kandhamal border are mostly remote and non-motorable.