NDA presidential candidate, Droupadi Murmu, in Mayurbhanj district, after reports of people there living in the dark came to light.
Bhubhaneshwar: The Odisha government has launched electrification work in a portion of Uparbeda, the ancestral village of NDA presidential candidate, Droupadi Murmu, in Mayurbhanj district, after reports of people there living in the dark came to light.
However, Murmu does not stay in the village now. She had moved to Rairangpur, a municipal town around 20 km away from Uparbeda in Kusumi block, decades ago.
The Uparbeda village in Kusumi block, with a population of 3,500, has two hamlets Badasahi and Dungursahi. While Badasahi hamlet is fully electrified, Dungursahi has only 14 households that are still waiting to get power.
A settlement of about 20 families who reside in Dungursahi has not got any electricity connection to date and depends on kerosene lamps to survive in the dark.
For merely charging phones the local residents have to go to the other village which is a kilometer away.
Officials and workers of the Tata Power North Odisha Distribution Limited (TPNODL) went to Uparbeda with earth digging machines, electric poles and transformers to ensure supply of electricity to the portion where it is yet to reach.
“We have no intention of keeping the villagers in the dark, but it was so due to lack of certain official clearance,” the official stated.
Dhanmani Baskey, a panchayat samiti member of Dunguri sahi village of the district, said that they had applied for electricity connection to District collector Vineet Bharadwaj before the NDA had announced Murmu as their presidential candidate.
Interacting with the media, Bharadwaj said administrative work was being done in this regard. “It is expected that the villagers will soon get an electricity connection.”
According to Official sources, there are 500 villages with no formal roads and 1350 villages with no electricity in Mayurbhanj district.
The Presidential elections are sceduled at 18 july.
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