Staff Reporter

`The long pending demand of a connecting road not met'

Over 200 students inconvenienced, as they have to walk for 2 km to reach their school at MeethurWork ignored despite allotment of funds; some blame it on cheap politicsSituation is worse for pregnant women, nearby health centre being 2 km away

TIRUPATTUR: Four villages in the Tirupattur constituency have decided to boycott elections to the State due to failure on the part of the official machinery to fulfil their long-pending demand for road connecting these villages.

Residents of Omakuppam, Kovilvattam, Paikkaravattam and Metukkollai all coming under the Tirupattur constituency have decided to surrender their voter ID cards and boycott the coming elections, to register their protest.

The villagers took this decision as their representations to the Vellore Collector, Tirupattur Tahsildar, Tirupattur Sub-Collector and the sitting MLA had fallen on deaf ears. The absence of a road had posed a lot of problems to the villagers, especially for over 200 students. These students have to criss-cross through thorny bushes to reach their school at Meethur, which is roughly 2 km away from Omakuppam.

Bhimraj, resident of Omakuppam, said the villages had been neglected for administrative reasons. The area, where the villagers have been demanding for a `pucca' road, comes under the jurisdiction of two Panchayats Meethur and Marimanikuppam. A major portion of the area comes under the Meethur Panchayat.

Balu, another resident, said though some funds had been allotted for the road works, the Meethur Panchayat was neglecting the work of laying roads.