Madhya Pradesh: 1 km road 'stolen' overnight; complaint registered

The Mendhra village under Manjholi Janpad Panchayat in Sidhi district, one of the most backward districts of the state.

In a bizarre incident of corruption, Madhya Pradesh has reported one km of road has reportedly disappeared overnight.



In a remote village in Sidhi district of the state, the deputy Sarpanch and locals of the village reached the local police station (Manjholi) in the morning a couple of days ago and lodged a complaint about the disappearance of the road. The Mendhra village under Manjholi Janpad Panchayat in Sidhi district, one of the most backward districts of the state.


According to locals, the road existed in the night but was missing the next morning. They claimed that the patch is not commutable in the monsoon.


The matter also reached at the Janapad Panchayat office, the Chief Executive Officer of the Janpad Panchayat accepted that his office has received a report of the disappeared road.


According to locals, a connecting road was built, on papers, in the village and funds meant for the project reportedly were misappropriated by government officials. It was surprising that in panchayat records it was entered that the said route got a kachcha road (with crushed stones) in year 2017 and six months after, a pucca road was built with a budget of Rs 10 lakh. The construction agency tried quieting up the matter and dumped some material on the road in the night but the same was washed away by heavy rains by morning couple of days ago.


According to Deputy Sarpanch Ramesh Kumar Yadav the road was in good shape till couple of days ago in night in ward number 15 but it was ‘stolen’ in the morning and crushed stones kept there also disappeared.


Local BJP leader Akhilesh Pandey claimed “that the locals claim that the budget meant for the road had been withdrawn by government staffers but no road was built in their area. I will get this matter probed by senior officers.”

 

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