Congress’ dawn-to-dusk bandh hits life in Indravati
KalingaTV News Network
Nabarangpur: Normal life was crippled in Indravati town in the district on Saturday following a 12-hour bandh call given by the district unit of Congress party seeking justice for the displaced people during the construction of the Indravati multipurpose irrigation project.
While vehicular traffic on the roads came to a grinding halt in Indravati area due to the dawn-to-dusk bandh, educational institutions and business establishments remained closed today.
Congress workers also held a rally and resorted to picketing and road blockade in important junctions in the town.
“Thousands of families were being forced to evacuate their land during the construction of Indravati hydro-electric project. But, they have not been rehabilitated properly. Most of them are yet to get the compensation,” said Senior Congress leader and former Nabarangpur MP Pradeep Majhi demanding justice for the displaced persons.
“Several families are facing submergence but have been completely exempted from the list of the displaced,” he claimed.
“We appeal the government to rehabilitate the displaced persons at the earliest, failing which the protests will be intensified in the days ahead,” Majhi warned.
The construction of Indravati project began in 1978, while the project commenced in 2001. Currently, it is the largest power producing dam in eastern India with a capacity of 600 MW.