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Koraput: Come November 22, and district officials make a beeline for the remote Tentuligumma village under Boipariguda block in the district to observe the birth anniversary of late tribal freedom fighter, Laxman Nayak. They pay tribute to him and promise all-round development of the village. On the ground, though, little has been done to develop the area.
Situated 110km from here, the village lacks adequate healthcare, education and communication facilities. While the medical college of the district is named after the late freedom fighter, the village, which happens to be a panchayat headquarters, doesn’t even have a primary health centre.
“Moving a serious patient to hospital is a nightmare for us. We face difficulty in availing ourselves of healthcare facilities. Either we have to cover 70 km to reach Boipariguda hospital or over 35 km to reach Govindpally in Malkangiri district,” said Bansingh Nayak, the great-grandson of the freedom fighter. While the village has an upper primary school with classes I to VII, children have to depend on neighbouring Malkangiri district for higher education.
The thing that angers the villagers most is the difficulty in communicating to and from the block headquarters. Tentuligumma lies at a distance of 30km from Boipariguda but owing to the lack of a road, the villagers have to cover nearly 70 km to reach Boipariguda via Govindapally.
“The construction of a nine-km road between our village and Dandabadi can provide direct communication to Boipariguda but the administration is yet to build it. Hence, we have to depend heavily on Govindapally in Malakangiri district,” said Komolu Harijan, another villager. “What is the point of naming colleges, roads and district fairs after the name of the freedom fighter when his own village lies neglected,” asks another villager.
On the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of Nayak last year, the administration had laid the foundation of six road and bridge projects in the area. Work is yet to begin on any of them.
When contacted, sub-collector (Jeypore), Loknath Dalbehera, said, “Construction of a road from Dandabadi to Tentuligumma has started and is being treated as a priority. Once it is completed, the village’s development will be expedited. A tender for the bridge will be floated soon. The village will also get a high school.”





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