BHAWANIPATNA:The district administration will take steps to reach out to people of 16 waterlogged villages inside Indravati Reservoir. This was stated by Chief Administrator of KBK-cum-Additional Chief Secretary Sudarsan Pal Thakur after his four-day visit to the district from March 15. He advised the district level officials to give priority to the deprived section.
Thakur visited the waterlogged areas of Indravati Reservoir under Thuamul Rampur block along with officials of the line departments. There are 16 villages inside the reservoir. Those are K Cheptaghat, Tentulipada, Ghutrukhal, Jhirigaon, Bhiterdunga, Litimaska, Podapadar, Temra, Uperpanga, Kalati, Karwadi, Sarpas, Tal Temra, Tal Gunjmali, Upper Gunjamali and Podipadar.
As the areas are surrounded by the reservoir water, the only way out for the villagers to reach the mainland is through boats. They have to depend on ferry service to get ration, health services, other means of livelihood and also education.
Recently, 440 BPL households covering all the 16 villages were provided electricity under the Revised Long Term Action Plan. At a review meeting, Thakur asked the district officials to take steps to provide ICDS benefits at doorsteps. He even instructed the officials to cover all the villagers under social security schemes and livelihood programmes.
Initiatives can be taken by the departments concerned to utilise the reservoir water for cultivation by storing it in small tanks, he suggested.
The bridges under construction by ITDA should be completed before monsoon and steps should be taken for regular Mobile Health care facilities. Besides, the three primary schools inside the reservoir should be revived, he added.