BURDA ( RAIRAKHOL) : Burda gram panchayat is located barely eight km from the sub-divisional headquarters of Rairakhol. Yet, it took 67 years for five villages under Burda gram panchayat to get power supply. Not as much for dearth of funds as negligence on the part of the district administration that resulted in the delay.
Comprising eight villages, Burda panchayat has a population of around 2500. While three of the villages - Nuapada, Gunjighara and Gambhariberni - were electrified a couple of years back, the rest five villages of Burda, Badmal, Bantaloi, Ambajhari and Kandataila did not get power connections.
Even as villagers had been requesting the successive district Collectors to look into the issue, their pleas went in vain. Things, however, changed when villagers managed to stop the present Collector, Balwant Singh, during his tour to the area and narrated their ordeal.
Singh, subsequently, asked the Wesco officials to initiate electrification works at an estimated cost of `89 lakh. The work was over in two months and power supply was dedicated to people on Wednesday.
While 220 BPL families of the five villages have been covered in the first phase of electrification, it will be
extended to the rest of the households in due course.