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Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu's village in Odisha to finally get electricity after years in the dark

The Odisha government on Saturday announced that it launched electrification work in a portion of Uparbeda, the ancestral village of NDA Presidential candidate in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. (PTI)Premium
The Odisha government on Saturday announced that it launched electrification work in a portion of Uparbeda, the ancestral village of NDA Presidential candidate in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. (PTI)

  • A resident of the NDA Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu's ancestral village in Odisha said the people still use kerosene lamps to illuminate their houses

Following reports of people still remaining in the dark with no electricity came to the fore, the National Democratic Alliance Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu's ancestral village in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district to finally get electricity.

The Odisha government on Saturday announced that it has launched electrification work in a portion of Uparbeda, the ancestral village of the NDA Presidential candidate in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, on a war footing. While she no longer lives in that village, Murmu shifted to Rairangpur, a municipal town around 20 kilometres away from Uparbeda under Kusum block, decades ago.

Murmu’s nephew Biranchi Narayan Tudu lives at Dungursahi hamlet along with his wife and two children. His wife said, “we had requested many people to provide electricity to our Dungursahi hamlet. However, no one paid any heed."

She said that they have not brought the matter to the notice of Murmu though she visits the village during festivals. The matter has been informed to the local MLA and MP during election time in 2019, but nothing had happened, said Chittaranjan Baske, another resident of Uparbeda village. He also informed that the people still use kerosene lamps to illuminate their houses. The villagers are elated that one among them is likely to occupy the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Uparbeda village with a population of 3,500 has two hamlets and while Badasahi hamlet is fully electrified, Dungursahi has only 14 households which are yet to get electricity. The official, who did not want to be named, said that Dungursahi was not electrified as the houses there were constructed on forest land, according to PTI report.

The 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 issued an order to the Mayurbhanj section of the company to complete electrification work and ensure power supply to the entire Uparbeda village within 24 hours," a senior official of the TPNODL.

“We have no intention to keep the villagers in the dark, but it was so due to lack of certain official clearance," the official said. The fact that the people in Murmu’s village remain in darkness due to lack of electricity came to the fore when journalists reached her native place to talk to the people after she was nominated the Presidential candidate.

(With inputs from PTI)

 

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