Monday, June 18, 2012

12-hour bandh hits normal life in Balangir

 Bhubaneswar 12-hour bandh hits normal life in Balangir
MONDAY, 18 JUNE 2012 22:57
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Normal life was affected in Balangir due to the 12-hour bandh call given by the Lower Suktel Action Committee (LSAC) and supported by different organisations of the town demanding speedy execution of the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed. Buses were off the roads. LSAC activists led by Gopalji Panigrahi and Arun Mishra picketed before different Government offices, banks, post offices and the District Judge Court, which were all closed.
While the banks were closed, the SBI ATM counter at the main branch was also not functioning, adding to the woes of people. A customer, who faced problem while withdrawing money from the ATM, criticised the SBI authorities for not providing enough cash and 24-hour service.
On Sunday, the discussions between district administration led by Collector SN Dey and LSAC members led by Gopalji Panigrahi and Arun Mishra on the fate of the irrigation project had failed.
The next course of action of the agitation will be decided at a meeting soon, said Arun Mishra, who is the Samajwadi Party Balangir district unit president.
Congress leader and former local MP Sarat Patanaik said that it was the Congress Government which had got the project sanctioned. While the Lower Indra Irrigation Project has progressed a lot, the Lower Suktel Project remained a non-starter. This speaks of the neglect by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to this area. It also speaks of the neglect of the local MLA and MP towards this region, he said.
“We are with the people and we support the agitation for the Lower Suktel Project,” said District Congress Committee president Bhagaban Bagarti.

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