Normal life hit in Malkangiri district
Congress activists led by Nabarangpur MP Pradeep Majhi started an indefinite bandh and economic blockade in Malkangiri district from Wednesday to protest against deplorable condition of roads in the district.
This bandh call affected day-to-day life throughout the district. All the four entry points to Malkangiri town were blocked by the Congress activists.
Mr Majhi himself sat with the agitators to block the road at Subhas Chowk.
Speaking to The Hindu over phone, Mr Majhi said they would continue their bandh till government came up with concrete decisions regarding completion of renovation work of major roads in the district.
Apart from Malkangiri town, this bandh call also had its impact in areas like Govindpali, Khairaput, Kalimela, Korkunda, MV79, Balimela etc. Shops and business establishments remained closed in these areas. Passenger vehicles also remained off road in most areas. No passenger vehicles could travel between Malkangiri and Jeypore in Koraput district due to this agitation by the Congress.
This indefinite bandh and economic blockade call has been given by the Malkangiri district Congress unit. The Congress leaders alleged that till afternoon no administrative official had approached them for discussions.
The Congress activists are more concerned about extremely bad condition of four major roads in the district. As per them, the road condition is so bad that passenger buses are taking around five hours to travel from Malkangiri to Jeypore.