Villagers in a worst naxal-affected pocket in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district have decided not to wait for the government to build a small road inside their village, and have taken up the task themselves. Around 20-30 villagers have been building a 50-metre dirt lane in Palamadgdu village from the last few days, claiming that authorities never entertained their demands. Located around 50 kms away from Sukma inside a dense forest, the village lacks road connectivity. "We are building a clay lane inside the village by ourselves after authorities failed to pay heed to our demands," a villager said on the condition of anonymity. The development is seen as crucial in the view of the upcoming Panchayat elections is in the state. When queried whether they will vote in panchayat polls, the villager said, "We want to cast our vote but they (officials and politicians) never come here, then why we should we vote? We will not vote". Sukma district collector Chandan Kumar has hailed the
Locals of Naxal-affected Palamadgu village in Sukma have built a road themselves for better connectivity and stated that they will not cast vote in the upcoming Panchayat polls.Chhattisgarh Panchayat polls will be held in three phases on January 28, 31 and February 3."We will not take part in the Panchayat polls this time. We will not case vote," a local said.Chandan Kumar, District Collector, Sukma said, "Road construction work is underway under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. But it's good if locals are contributing in development work".